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Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille 2015

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98-100 points Robert Parker: The 2015 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille was hit less hard by the damaging winds during the blossom than the other vineyards, and production was lower but similar to 2014, with 2,320 cases produced in 2015 versus 2,523 in 2014. This is a multiple-clone selection with Old Wente joining the Hudson, Montrachet and Calera clones in this vineyard, which was planted between 1998-2000. The 2015 Ma Belle-Fille shows notes of baked apples, nectarines, poached pear and honeysuckle in a full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, crisp, zesty style. This magnificent Chardonnay has a finish of close to a minute. It has essentially the same aromatic and flavor profile as well as huge body and concentration that also characterized the 2014, with oodles of caramelized citrus and honeysuckle in its explosive aromatics and intense flavors. Both are fabulous Chardonnays like their siblings and should be drunk over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2016-2028. (Oct 2016)

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Peter Michael Winery:
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant ... Read more
In 1982 Sir Peter Michael established the Peter Michael winery on a square mile of rocky volcanic ridges that form the western face of Mount St. Helena in Sonoma County. From the beginning, the wine growing philosophy was modeled on the French tradition infused with a few modern influences: One, the vineyard terroir would be the single most important feature. Two, the wines would be elegant rather than overstated. Three, there would be a hundred-year commitment to the development of a great estate. Read less

Member Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille

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Snooth User: webstore
9684925
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 11/20/2008

Aromas of lychee, nuts, citrus and rose petals. Creamy and rich! Don't usually drink Chardonnays, yet this is one of the few I will drink.


Snooth User: jamlani
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4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/04/2012

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: westsideblaze
6856963
5.00 5
Vintage: 2004 08/03/2008

Five glasses


Snooth User: scaff13
70547128
2.00 5
Vintage: 2003 08/18/2008

Two glasses


Snooth User: karthik
317304
5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 09/21/2007

superb


4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 06/05/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Peter Michael Chardonnay Knights Valley Ma Belle-Fille

External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Elegant and feminine, the 2004 Chardonnay Belle Cote offers aromas of tropical fruit, crushed rocks, sweet white currants, and peaches. It does not have the body or richness of the 2003, but it is close in style.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Aromas of ripe pear, peach and melon carry over to the palate in a clean, refreshing manner. Turns elegant and refined, ending with a dash of oak and mineral. Yet doesn't offer the richness and depth this wine has shown in the past. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

The 2005 Chardonnay Belle Cote exhibits intense notes of Mandarin oranges, tangerines and other tropical fruits, and tremendous length, intensity as well as purity... hallmarks of all of these wines.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Hazy pale gold. Explosively perfumed nose, with intense iodine and smoke notes accenting ripe orange and pear aromas. Remarkably concentrated citrus and mineral flavors are deepened by sweet butter, smoked meat and an exotic cherry pit note. Really stains the palate and finishes on a zesty citrus pith note, with outstanding persistence.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

A much more restrained La Carrière, yet rich, detailed and complex, offering a mix of melon, fig, apricot and hazelnut flavors that are elegant, detailed and persistent on the finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Good bright, pale yellow. Subdued but pure aromas of lemon drop, grapefruit, pineapple and hazelnut, complicated by exotic lichee and rose oil. Supple and quite subtle in the mouth but with plenty of fat and breadth. Very stony and suave chardonnay, with a long, spicy finish. This, too, really needs a bit of patience.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

The 2007 Chardonnay Belle Cote is sensational. An intoxicating nose of lemon blossoms, poached pear, white peach, and crushed stone soars from the glass of this full-bodied wine. It has zesty acidity, great purity, length, and depth, and is certainly a profound example of Chardonnay from hillside vineyards in Knight's Valley. This wine should drink well for up to a decade. This winery continues to go from strength to strength despite a succession of winemakers over the last decade. Their consistency seems to come from their access to top vineyards and the carte blanche given by the proprietor to the talented winemakers who have come through, such as Mark Aubert, more recently Luc Morlet, and now his brother, Nicolas Morlet. They seem to do whatever is necessary (keeping yields low, having the best barrels, sorters, and vats) to produce the wines of extraordinary quality that have made Peter Michael a true world-class producer of unbelievable Chardonnays as well as Pinot Noirs and a Bordeaux-blend proprietary red wine. Nearly every Chardonnay here is of grand cru quality, and all are based on specific vineyard sites sprinkled in Knight's Valley and the Sonoma appellation. Currently, there are six Chardonnays, two cuvees of Pinot Noir (and this is before their Sonoma Coast plantings of Pinot Noir come into production), two Bordeaux blends, and of course, their brilliant Sauvignon Blanc. Readers will find that the production in 2006 was slightly higher almost across the board for all the cuvees than the 2007, which was a year of moderate yields and approximately 20% less in quantity. The Point Rouge is always a selection of the best barrels from all the different lots, and bottled as an homage to Helen Turley, who first worked here and suggested to the owner in the late 1980s that the wine would be better unfiltered, which led to some experiments and a dramatic improvement in quality when the wine was finally bottled naturally. Sir Peter Michael has invested heavily on the Sonoma Coast, but those vineyards won't come into production until next year. It is often difficult for a winery that achieves such brilliance with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir to also do well with Bordeaux varietals, but Les Pavots has been a brilliant success for 15+ years.


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98-100 points Robert Parker: The 2015 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille was hit less hard by the damaging winds during the blossom than the other vineyards, and production was lower but similar to 2014, with 2,320 cases produced in 2015 versus 2,523 in 2014. This is a multiple-clone selection with Old Wente joining the Hudson, Montrachet and Calera clones in this vineyard, which was planted between 1998-2000. The 2015 Ma Belle-Fille shows notes of baked apples, nectarines, poached pear and honeysuckle in a full-bodied, extraordinarily pure, crisp, zesty style. This magnificent Chardonnay has a finish of close to a minute. It has essentially the same aromatic and flavor profile as well as huge body and concentration that also characterized the 2014, with oodles of caramelized citrus and honeysuckle in its explosive aromatics and intense flavors. Both are fabulous Chardonnays like their siblings and should be drunk over the next 10-12 years. Drink 2016-2028. (Oct 2016)

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