This is a Chardonnay that bridges the gap between Old and New World. Wonderfully (but not overly) ripe stone fruit meets with green apples, yellow plums and satsumas. On the palate it's delicious and so refined. Full-bodied but fresh and succulent. Drink now.
The 2016 Chardonnay underwent less malolactic than other vintages to preserve the acidity, around 40%, and the wine matured in 38% new oak for nine to ten months. Yields were very low at around 20 hectoliters per hectare. It is much less rich than the 2015, yet it displays finer delineation and perhaps more mineralité. The palate is very well balanced with superb tension, brimming full of energy and fanning out with nutmeg and smoked walnut notes towards the somewhat feisty finish. (NM)
Bright, light yellow. Highly perfumed but tight nose hints at citrus peel, nectarine, white flowers and stony minerality. Lemony and tight but deep, with terrific salty mineral energy giving punch to the pear and lime flavors. Distinctly backward, savory Chardonnay with lovely subtle, rising length and grip. This wonderfully elegant, taut, seamless wine needs time to blossom and put on weight. Classically tight and austere for this bottling. (ST)
Lush, with creamed yellow apple, quince and white peach flavors forming the core, while buried quinine and verbena notes add detail and length. (JM)
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