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Pure, rich and focused, showing a mix of ripe pear, apple and mineral flavors, with floral, fruity aromas that give this a distinctive quality. Tur... Read more
Hazy gold. Rich, smoky scents of baked apple, yellow plum and melon, plus a strong iodine accent. Restrained citrus and orchard fruit flavors are c... Read more
Bright, pale yellow-green color. Deeply pitched nose offers apricot and tropical fruits, complicated by flint, smoke and flowers. Big, rich and mou... Read more
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Pure, rich and focused, showing a mix of ripe pear, apple and mineral flavors, with floral, fruity aromas that give this a distinctive quality. Turns delicate, flinty and refreshing on the finish. Drink now through 2011.
Hazy gold. Rich, smoky scents of baked apple, yellow plum and melon, plus a strong iodine accent. Restrained citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complicated by smoked meat and mineral accents, with a hint of tropical fruits on the strikingly persistent finish. A bright mineral snap and jolt of licorice adds eye-opening focus. This site, situated at around 2,000 feet, is planted mostly to the Calera clone, which Nic Morlet says has a thick skin that helps to preserve acidity.
Bright, pale yellow-green color. Deeply pitched nose offers apricot and tropical fruits, complicated by flint, smoke and flowers. Big, rich and mouthfilling; thick but not heavy. Boasts superb sweetness of fruit and a seamless, round texture. Finishes with considerable power, outstanding length and a subtle smoky minerality.
The biggest production of any of these cuvees is the 2003 Belle Cote (2,900 cases; 15% alcohol). Exotic lychee, pineapple, and marmalade notes (which suggest tremendous ripeness) along with a refined, sophisticated structure result in a sensational glass of full-bodied Chardonnay that is well-delineated for its size and power. This is pretty sensational stuff and has good availability.
The 2003 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille reveals a slightly greenish hue to its medium straw color. More tightly knit than its siblings, with more minerality as well as full, powerful, nearly tannic flavors, it is a rich, concentrated wine made from a south-facing hillside vineyard. It should age nicely for 5-7 years.
Wonderful expression and purity of Chardonnay fruit, accented by smoky oak. The core fig, apple, pear and earthy nuances take on a butterscotch note as the finish sails on, unveiling one layer of flavor after another. Remarkable. Drink now through 2008.
One of the top cuvees of the vintage, the 2004 Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille may be even better than its 2003 counterpart. With fabulous intensity, a remarkably layered texture, loads of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, lemon oil, tropical fruit, and a rich, concentrated finish, this superb offering should drink well for 5-7 years.
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