Chantilly Chardonnay 2013
GOLD MEDAL WINNER at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition our 2012 and again in 2013 Chantilly Musqué Clone 809 Chardonnay combines the fragrant aroma of Muscat with the provocative texture of Chardonnay.
This distinct clone is named for the French term meaning both perfumed (‘musky’) and Muscat-like, and indicates that the variety is highly aromatic and the Chantilly Chardonnay Musqué 809 clone certainly lives up to its name.
Light straw color with lush, bright and rich aromas with hints of tangerine or tangelo.
You may detect aromas of exotic fruit with a little almond paste, pie dough or even fresh baked bread but always with soft floral notes.
Fresh, bright, crisp yet full-bodied, this delightful Chardonnay will pair nicely with spicy shellfish such as crab or lobster.
The 2013 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity. Rare as it was to have another fruitful year right after the record breaking 2013 crush, the quality across all varietals was also excellent.
The overall vigor of this growing season was high which required more canopy management and more vigilance with regard to pest abatement. The harvest began and finished early, the timing of crop maturity being dictated entirely by our canopy management practices and manually reduced crop load.
By addressing canopy management and green fruit harvesting early we were able to significantly reduce pest pressure and encourage early fruit ripening. The final wine quality in tank was excellent across the board for all varietals and appellations.