The 1998 Chardonnay Belle Cote (1,300 cases) is the finest yet produced from this vineyard situated on the hillsides above La Carriere. Fortunately, the larger production should guarantee some availability. Made from a vineyard planted with the Wente Chardonnay clone, this mouthfilling, full-bodied, impressively pure wine offers a full-throttle bouquet of roasted hazelnuts, honeyed tropical fruits, and exotic passion fruit/mango notes. Rich and full-bodied, with fine underlying acidity ... (RP)
Slightly deeper green-tinged yellow. Deeply pitched aromas of grilled nuts, orange marmalade, apricot jam, honeysuckle and ginger. Riper, thicker and more viscous than the Carriere, with a flavor of grilled nuts. Dense and quite dry. A bit less forthcoming today but impressively long. (ST)
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