Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2005
At the highest elevation on the estate, the marine inﬂuence on Ma Belle-Fille is greater, resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and autumn months. Situated far above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the southeast, the vineyard receives the very ﬁrst rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full exposure combined with cooler temperatures causes its fruit to mature earliest of all the Peter Michael vineyards.
External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille
The 2005 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille offers notes of orange blossom, spring flowers, peaches, and hints of poached pears, butter, and smoke. Underlying the enormous richness is phenomenal acidity, a characteristic of the 2005 cool climate Chardonnays. As the wine sits in the glass, a notion of roasted nuts also comes through.
Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2005 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir exhibits extraordinary intensity, full body, great acidity, and orange blossom, lemon oil, wet stone, flower, and tropical fruit notes. With superb intensity as well as remarkable subtlety and freshness, it should drink well for 5-7 years.
Food Pairings for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille
2005 marks the fourth vintage of Ma Belle-Fille. The wine is spectacularly intense, boasts aromas of citrus oils, tangerine blossom, dried apricot, apple skins, accented with wet stone-like minerality, brioche and acacia. Rich, concentrated and generous in the mouth, the wine displays additional ﬂavors of William pear, dried almond, meringue and orange rind with notes of baked Reinette apple. The ﬁnish is seductively layered and very long.
Aged 11 months in French Oak.
Notes: 100% of the cuvee was fermented using natural yeast 100% barrel fermented (French oak from selected artisan coopers)