Chantilly is an attractive Chablis-style wine, pale gold, with floral aromas of white peach, lemon and butterscotch.
A golden color with a soft, flirtatious yet complex floral aroma. A round mouth feel with flavors of white peach, honey and cinnamon and then a subtle fruity finish.
Made from Clone 809, one of the Musqué clones of Dijon producing a wonderful floral counterpart to our existing Amourette Chardonnay.
Our goal is always to produce the best wine possible and this starts with using the best fruit which means using the correct varietal for the terroir. You may know you want to plant Chardonnay, but which Chardonnay?
Within each grape variety there are several, sometimes many, different clones to choose from so clone selection is an important part of viticulture. Clones are like siblings, they are closely related but each has its own personality and Chardonnay is a big family with more than 40 different clones.
Our Chantilly Chardonnay is Dijon clone 809 grown on 039-16 rootstock, requiring a growing site where the days are warm and evenings are cool, perfect for our vineyards in Dry Creek Valley.
This clone produces a more aromatic Chardonnay with rich, musk-like, floral characteristics and we have taken it towards being a beautiful Chablis.
The winemaking technique includes barrel fermentation in a matrix of one, two and three-year-old French oak barrels, located in a cool temperature barrel room.
The wine was fermented "sur lees" with battonage in the traditional Burgundian style, followed by malolactic fermentation, resulting in a wonderfully complex floral bouquet complemented with a richness on the palate.
Originally called Amoureux (fr:/ lovers), to accompany our Amourette (fr:/ little love affair), we felt the names were too close and caused confusion so we changed the name to Chantilly in 2010.
Chantilly ~ Bill made Chantilly [shan-til'-ee] especially for Dawn. The name refers to a town in France where fine lace is made for wedding veils and also refers to sweetened whipped cream, so Bill made Chantilly for "his sweet bride".