European Cellars

Someone once made an unflattering comparison between Chardonnay and a part of one's anatomy best left unmentioned, saying "everyone's got one, no one wants to hear about yours." Sadly, Chardonnay is a victim of its own success and frequently a punch line, despite being one of the most highly esteemed wines in its guise of Grand Cru Chablis or Montrachet. We are not claiming that Novellum is like these auspicious wines, but we will argue that for its price you can hardly find better. The project is from the Roussillon, where husband and wife team of Domaine Lafage fame, Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage, have some Chardonnay planted near the Mediterranean that makes a remarkably complex and mineral version of the variety. A small percentage is aged in barrel – usually less than 30%. The remainder of the wine is aged in tank on the lees of Viognier. It remains one of the best values in Chardonnay that you can find.

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Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2017
92  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 92 "Coming from 100% Chardonnay that was aged on Viognier lees, the 2017 Vin de France Novellum boasts sensational notes of ripe citrus, white flowers, and spice, with loads of classic Catalanes salinity and obvious minerality. Aged in 15% new barrels, it’s medium-bodied, has remarkable
Item Number: 32242
Case: $131.40

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2016
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 “A sensational wine that will compete with wines five times the price, the 2016 Novellum Chardonnay is the real deal and actually reminded me of a Chardonnay from Mark Aubert in California's Sonoma County. White peach, crushed rocks, spice and brioche notes all emerge from this

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2015
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 " A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on Viognier lees) in a combination of Burgundy barrels and stainless steel. Exotic and perfumed, with ample white peach,

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2014
"Novellum is a custom cuvee of Chardonnay grown and made by Jean Marc and Eliane Lafage for Eric Solomon. Year after year, the Novellum Chardonnay is lauded for being one of the best Chardonnay values on the United States market. Because the wine is un-oaked, many restaurants have found it to be a

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "More serious and layered, the 2013 VDP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a crazy value that needs to be tasted to be believed. A custom cuvee by importer Eric Solomon and a blend of 100% Chardonnay that comes from two separate vineyards, this Cotes Catalanes is aged three months (on

Eric Solomon Selections 'Novellum' Chardonnay 2012
87  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 87 "The silken-textured Lafage 2012 Novellum Chardonnay is generously juicy if rather simply apply, its hints of spice, caramel and vanilla from barrel complimentary, and its finish satisfyingly soothing if equivocal and without intrigue. I would plan to enjoy it by summer, 2014."