This Chardonnay is an exquisite example harmony between dirt, plant, winemaker and cooper. The vines brought forth delicately ripe fruit with 22 Degrees Brix of sugar ensuring a perfect alcohol balance for a wine that seeks food for its true expression. More significant is that the roots pushed all of the mineral content from the sandy loam soils right into the berries. The winemaker worked with three coopers and two vintages of barrels to cradle this cuvee toward maturity. With only 8 barrels to fill the choice of barrels was integral to the structure of the wine. We chose 4 new french oak barrels from 2 different coopers. These were intended to bring aromatic impact to the wine. One cooper (Mercurey) gave a powerful dark spice that comes from a deep slow toasting of the staves. The other (Seguin Moreau) soaks the staves in water prior to toasting lending gentle, fragrant oak support to ripe vintages. The remaining four barrels were in their second use. These contributed mid palate body to the wine without compromising the aromatic integrity of the terroir. In quiet solitude the wine sat in these barrels with the same yeast that transformed the grape sugar into alcohol for 9 months. Periodic stirring ensured that no bad dreams marred its slumber. Together they awoke as a singular wine and will continue to develop a distinct personality that reflects their ancestry through aroma, flavor and texture.
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