Blind tasting Chardonnays: Two from Burgundy, France, and one UMAMU

Tasting wines is a pleasure and a treat!  Where there is an occasion (or none), we try to theme our wines and sometimes taste them blind.  This gives us an opportunity to truly explore wines. 

As we got together for Christmas eve, a friend who brought a bottle of Joseph Drouhin Montrachet, suggested we should do a blind tasting of the three Chardonnays on the table.  With all three of similar vintage and considering Burgundy is renowned for their Chardonnays we wanted to find out how they compare.  (Btw, the easiest way to do a blind tasting is to cover your bottles in foil!)

These three Chardonnays were on our tasting menu:

  • UMAMU Chardonnay 2009
  • Meursault by Chateau Meursault 2012
  • Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2011

Tasters were either in the wine trade or avid wine drinkers so it was really encouraging when no one could tell the three apart.  Imagine Burgundy is famed for their Chardonnays.  The origins of Chateau Meursault can be traced back to the 11th century while Joseph Drouhin was established in 1880.  The price per bottle is something to be reckoned with.  So as producers of UMAMU from Margaret River, a region established in the 1960s, we were thrilled to be able to keep company alongside these two great long time producers. 

Our Chardonnay vines were planted in 2001 and our first vintage was in 2005.  You can find the Chardonnay 2009 here or email us at

Have you had any impromptu tastings of your own?  Please do share…