Castel Winery sent out an email today quoting among other things Jancis Robinson's review of the winery's 2009 "C" Chardonnay. The review reads:
"Castel, C Blanc de Castel 2009 Judean Hills 16 Drink 2011-2013
Chardonnay. Attractive lightly leesy nose and very refreshing on the nose. A bit heavy and coffee flavoured on the palate. Astringent too – shame as that nose is so promising" !
That review and that Castel sent it out as "exciting news" has made the wine the talk of the day. I have received six emails asking for my own review of the wine. I believe that review has appeared on the forum on several occasions but in order keep updated with requests, that note follows…
Castel, "C", Chardonnay, Blanc du Castel 2009: Delightful on release but now showing as a wine that has gone seriously wrong in the bottle. The cause of the problem may be the action of mercaptans, those chemical compounds that can make themselves felt as wine develops if the yeasts do not have enough exposure to nitrogen. Whatever the cause, the result is a wine whose aromas and flavors are now buried under an overlay that some will associate with those of burning rubber, cooked cabbage or sewage. In fairness, Eli Ben Zaken of Castel feels that these faults will vanish in time. I shall re-taste the wine periodically but until that time when and if the wine becomes appealing, I find the wine unscoreable and cannot recommend it. K