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Terroir-driven minerality remains the signature of this vineyard, with aromas of pastry, lily, hazelnut and sweet pea...Read more...
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Young, raw and vibrant, yet rich and concentrated. Still coarse and leesy, but with a rich, solid core of fig, melon, pear and spice. Full-bodied, ... Read more
Absolutely riveting with powerful citrus blossom, nectarine, lemon butter, and honeyed orange-like characteristics, the full-bodied as well as zest... Read more
Pale chartreuse color. Alluringly complex bouquet displays ripe pear, peach pit, smoky lees, sweet butter and minerals; smells like a grand cru Bur... Read more
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Young, raw and vibrant, yet rich and concentrated. Still coarse and leesy, but with a rich, solid core of fig, melon, pear and spice. Full-bodied, focused and persistent, gaining depth. Drink now through 2015.
Absolutely riveting with powerful citrus blossom, nectarine, lemon butter, and honeyed orange-like characteristics, the full-bodied as well as zesty, lively, mineral-laced 2007 Chardonnay La Carriere is impossible to resist.
Pale chartreuse color. Alluringly complex bouquet displays ripe pear, peach pit, smoky lees, sweet butter and minerals; smells like a grand cru Burgundy. Vibrant, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors are underscored by smoky minerals and given depth by a candied anise quality. An iodine note builds on the finish, which is focused, nervy and very persistent.
Pure, rich and layered, anchored by spicy apple, melon, fig and honeydew melon fruit that gains body and complexity, ending with sweet fruit. Drink now through 2012.
Even better, the 2008 Chardonnay La Carriere (2,100 cases) reveals a greenish hue to its light straw color as well as a distinctive nectarine, orange blossom, pear, and wet stone-like aromas, full-bodied, super-concentrated flavors, and stunning acidity and length. This fabulous, Burgundian-styled Chardonnay will age easily for a decade.
Pale gold with a green tint. Pure, penetrating aromas of orange, lime zest, minerals, iodine and white pepper. Racy, sharply focused citrus and floral flavors gain flesh and sweetness with air, picking up a juicy nectarine quality while maintaining their vivacity. The peppery note returns on the clean, stony, very persistent finish. Offers the raciness of the Mon Plaisir but this is deeper and more tactile.
Hazy greenish gold. Spicy, leesy, smoky aromas of lemon pith, melon and hazelnut. Velvety and concentrated, with emphatic lemony cut to the flavors of pit fruits and honeydew. Silky and seamless, with excellent finishing clarity and mineral-driven persistence. This elegant wine will be even better in a couple of years.
La Carrière, French for “the quarry,” aptly describes this vineyard’s bowl shape and its tremendously rocky soils. Situated between 1,200 and 1,700 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes exceeding forty percent in grade, the vineyard has ideal southern and southeastern exposures. Shallow rocky soils provide excellent drainage, low fertility and the lowest average yields on the estate. La Carrière with its concentrated “liquid minerality” effectively reflects its mountainous origin.
Terroir-driven minerality remains the signature of this vineyard, with aromas of pastry, lily, hazelnut and sweet pear. Accents of mandarin orange, acacia, honey and sweet vanilla complete the elegant bouquet. Presenting wonderful concentration and elegance on the palate, the wine is sculpted, rich, intense and creamy. Notes of citrus oils, white peaches and lemon frame the minerality. Its bright acidity and minerality will allow it to age for two decades, much like its Burgundian cousins from Puligny-Montrachet.
Notes: 100% naturally fermented using native yeast
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