Dave’s Pick: 2015 La Mision Reserva Chardonnay, $9.99

This little Chard from Chile is something of a surprise. To quote the POTUS, it just “gets better and better and better, and it’s gotten really, really good, and a lot of people are liking it a lot.” While he was referencing Trump Care, version 2.0, it works for this wine, as well. Clean, crisp with bright citrus fruit, it reminded me more of a good Chablis than a Chilean Chardonnay. Then I noticed the name in small print at the top of the label: William Fèvre. Could this be the same Fèvre of Chablis fame. The simple answer was yes. Decades back, he was looking for potential Chardonnay vineyards. While in Chile, he wondered why growers planted their fruit in valley flats, when he hit upon some promising land higher up in the Andes near the banks of the Maipo. Fèvre struck up a partnership with owner Victor Pino Torche—La Mision is the result. Today, Filipe Uribe makes the wine, but the unmistakable influence of Chablis is there. It is easily one of the best buys in pure, unoaked Chardonnay.