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Michel-Schlumberger Chardonnay la Brume 2010

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Light wood on the nose with a rather fresh leesy character and notes of , smoke apple blossoms, pineapple, dried peach all laced over a light vanilla undertone - Tight and focused on entry, broadens quickly in the mouth with toasty marshmallow notes framing the clear, crisp yellow fruits. Shows some tannin in the mouth and rather obvious lightly buttery toast and wood spice tones but remains nicely balanced and fresh. Nice acids emerge on the finish, which is assertively spiced and moderate long ending on a note of mineral and smoke. Pretty intense and creamy but certainly not a powerhouse style retains good balance and excellent potential though it is enjoyable today. 90pts

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Michel-Schlumberger Wine Estate:
The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switzerland, Michel formed a special attachment to Sonoma County. After a two-year search, he planted his roots in Dry Creek Valley because of its cooler microclimates and its abundance of well-defined benchlands (his model was as much the uplifted benches of the Mc Peninsula as Napa's Rutherford Bench).... Read more
The estate was founded in 1979 and named Domaine Michel by Jean-Jacques Michel. A native of Switzerland, Michel formed a special attachment to Sonoma County. After a two-year search, he planted his roots in Dry Creek Valley because of its cooler microclimates and its abundance of well-defined benchlands (his model was as much the uplifted benches of the Mc Peninsula as Napa's Rutherford Bench). He found a series of benchland soils in the Valley's Wine Creek Canyon with excellent exposures that were especially well contoured for growing grapes. With his partner Ridgely Bullock, Michel planted fifty acres of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, and chardonnay-uncommon varieties for Dry Creek Valley, then and now. Today Michel-Schlumberger has a well-earned reputation for its excellent Bordeaux varieties. We have long believed in blending these varieties for complexity, and our red wines have harnessed the ripe, raw power of the new world with the elegant reins of the old. For example, our merlot has consistently shown well-knit aromatics and richly structured flavors-unusual characteristics for what is known in California as a soft, "entry-level" wine. Likewise our cabernet is prized for its classic claret balance, depth of fruit, and nuance. These are wines of finesse. The special growing conditions of Dry Creek Valley give its wines a character of elegance. The relatively cool growing season nourishes a distinctive balance in the Valley's grapes, ripening them slowly and evenly. The French would say point, or just right. Both red and white wine grapes retain a measure of acidity, lending themselves to making exuberant wines with lively flavors. The red wine grapes also typically have healthy levels of tannins. These are unabashed tannins, and the better cabernets in particular wear them like a nicely tailored suit. Acidity provides freshness and lift; tannins provide immense flavor interest that bring a person back again and again. Both allow a wine to age handsomely. Notched into the western edge of Dry Creek Valley like a small amphitheater, Wine Creek Canyon nicely sets the stage for ripening point. The Canyon juts into the coastal range just at Dry Creek's temperate mid-section, piercing the Valley's western flank. Michel-Schlumberger's rolling benches buttress the Canyon's northern hillsides, and generally slope south, an exposure that gives them a full day's worth of sun. At the same time, vineyards on these benches are closer to the ocean than most-the Pacific is only seventeen miles away. Shortly after five o'clock the ocean air arrives, and during the ripening season Michel-Schlumberger's vineyards are among the first to cool down. At the end of a working day, if you were to walk along the forest at the western edge of our vineyards, you would experience this change of climate firsthand. It is the time of day when the sun has closed upon the horizon and shadows are cast long over the vines. Ahead, on the terraced uplands to the north, grow the treasured Jackson clones of cabernet. Most of those vines are still in sunlight, and should you step out into that light, you would feel the heat of a western day. But here in the shadows a distinctly cool and constant breeze has begun to flow out of the trees and into the vineyards. This breeze feels remarkably like air conditioning. Its noteworthy cooling power goes a long way toward explaining how grapes in this little pocket canyon can ripen fully, and succulently, without losing their composure. Tasting Room We offer wine tasting and a tour of the estate to guests by appointment at 11:00am or 2:00pm daily. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Michel-Schlumberger Chardonnay la Brume

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 12/22/2010

Light wood on the nose with a rather fresh leesy character and notes of , smoke apple blossoms, pineapple, dried peach all laced over a light vanilla undertone - Tight and focused on entry, broadens quickly in the mouth with toasty marshmallow notes framing the clear, crisp yellow fruits. Shows some tannin in the mouth and rather obvious lightly buttery toast and wood spice tones but remains nicely balanced and fresh. Nice acids emerge on the finish, which is assertively spiced and moderate long ending on a note of mineral and smoke. Pretty intense and creamy but certainly not a powerhouse style retains good balance and excellent potential though it is enjoyable today. 90pts


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Snooth User: vin0vin0
3578086,039
2.00 5
11/29/2013

Big and oaky Dry Creek chardonnay. Lots of oak and a touch of smoke buried the fruit. The web site says this was aged in neutral french barrels but it's a bit over the top for my palate.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 01/17/2011

Beautiful lime and quince nose, with delicate oak flavors. Gentle spice from the oak, nice and balanced wine. Vanilla scent builds on the finish and works well with the soft tannins. Very good.


Snooth User: Cht Newfy Pup
39863268
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 12/27/2007

Three and a half glasses



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