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Michaud Chardonnay 2005

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An elegant, well-structured wine with satisfying complexity. Aromas and flavors of peach, nectarine, apricot and apple are complemented by the mineral-like terroir. Subtle French oak contributes to a multilayered -- mouth filling wine. Wines from this appellation usually benefit from two to three years of bottle aging although they are very enjoyable in their youth. Chardonnay from this appellation will age gracefully for 5-7 years or more.

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Domaine Michaud:
Michaud was 22. The surface area was 5ha and his first harvest was in 1974 . Today he works 12ha50 in 3 appellations; Beaujolais, Brouilly and Morgon.

External Reviews for Michaud Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2004 07/24/2009

Michaud vineyard Chardonnay


External Review
Vintage: 2003 07/24/2009

The aromas and flavors are vibrant and suggestive of peach, nectarine, apricot and apple. This wine is very expensive of its place of origin, displaying the minerality that is the hallmark of the Chalone appellation. Subtle French oak contributes to a multi-layered - mouth filling wine. Chardonnay from this appellation will age gracefully for 7-10 years or more. Food pairings - Some of the foods we like to serve this wine with are: fresh crab, swordfish, roast pork chops and fresh pasta.


External Review
Vintage: 2002 07/24/2009

Showy, youthful and enticing, rich and smooth textured, layers of fruit and a long finish. Drink now – 2010+


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Vintage: 2002 01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesAn elegant, well-structured wine with satisfying complexity. Aromas and flavors of peach, nectarine, apricot and apple are complemented by the mineral-like terroir. Subtle French oak contributes to a multilayered mouth filling wine. Wines from this appellation usually benefit from two to three years of bottle aging although they are very enjoyable in their youth. Chardonnay from this appellation will age gracefully for 5-7 years or more.


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Vintage: 2001 07/24/2009

A bit shy at the moment, it would be best to cellar for 6 months, bright fruit, minerality, lengthy finish. Drink 2006-2010


External Review
Vintage: 2001 04/07/2011

Michael Michaud is making some of the best Chardonnay in California. In the Chablis style – without a lot of new oak and definitively expressive acidity – these wines have the potential to refuel a surge in popularity for the variety; and help foster a “new” style of California Chardonnay. At least, that’s my hope. Michaud Vineyard wines, priced very fairly, are worthy of widespread attention – they are that good. Additionally, they get better with age, also in the style of Chablis. This edition is showing honeysuckle and fennel aromas. Its soft, round, and velvety on the palate with same said subtle fennel flavors. The wine reaches the perfect pitch – that is, flavor and balance – with fresh and vibrant citrus in the end. It’s still young (Michaud’s wines need time) and I think it’ll age for another dozen years. (That’s right: A California white wine that ages.) The wine spent nine months in French barrels, only 33 percent of which were new. The pH is a low 3.45, which attests to the good acidity, and the alcohol interestingly is a high 14.6 although the grapes were picked at less than 24 Brix (measure of sugar); but there’s nary a detection of the wood in the bottle. NOTE: This library release wine is available as part of an exciting six vintage vertical tasting of Michaud Chardonnays (98, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04). >>Click here to find out how to order.


External Review
Vintage: 2000 04/07/2011

For my money, there are about three Chardonnay producers in California whose wines show great restraint of winemaking, true expressions from the site in which they originate, and they are ageworthy. There’s Stony Hill and Smith-Madrone on top of Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. And then there’s Michaud Vineyard , in the eastern hills above Soledad in the Chalone AVA. Why is this so? All three producers judiciously use oak to round out the rough edges but there is nary a trace of wood in the glass because they use very little (or none in the case of Stony Hill) new oak. Michaud had been using about one-third new French barrels, but he’s beginning to ratchet that down. The 2000, which is still available because Michael Michaud holds his wines back until they’re ready to drink, shows slight bottle age of oxidation. But this wine is still fresh as can be. There are hints of melon and the minerality from the limestone and granite soil gives it a clean freshness. In the mouth, this Chardonnay is stylish and elegant with gorgeous fruit and perfect balance. It’ll go for another 10 years. The wine was aged for 11 months in French barrels with tight grain and that have air-dried for three years. The pH is 3.45, an indication of good acidity. Although the wine was picked at just under 24 Brix (measure of sugar) the alcohol is high – 14.6 – but one would never know it, so devoid of wood aromas and taste is it. There were slightly more than 2,000 cases produced. NOTE: This library release wine is available as part of an exciting six vintage vertical tasting of Michaud Chardonnays (98, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04). >>Click here to find out how to order.


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An elegant, well-structured wine with satisfying complexity. Aromas and flavors of peach, nectarine, apricot and apple are complemented by the mineral-like terroir. Subtle French oak contributes to a multilayered -- mouth filling wine. Wines from this appellation usually benefit from two to three years of bottle aging although they are very enjoyable in their youth. Chardonnay from this appellation will age gracefully for 5-7 years or more.

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