2003 Michaud Vineyard Chardonnay

Michael Michaud (pronounced ME-show, with no “d” sound at the end) has been farming and making wine in Monterey County’s famous Chalone Appellation for over a quarter century. He has decades of experience extracting incredibly complex Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes from the rich limestone and decomposed granite hillsides of the Gavilan mountain range.

Rich limestone soils show through in this minerally complex old-world style Chardonnay. Ripe fruit flavors of pear, apricot, fig and citrus combine with spice, floral and hazelnut nuances. The Chalone Appellation is home to our most age-worthy Chardonnays that, though approachable when first released, blossom with layers and layers of extra flavor after three to five years of bottle age.

TASTING NOTES:

Deep straw color. Initial aromas of vanilla, spice, and stone fruit such as apricot make this wine hedonistic from the start. Upon taste, the fruit and oak spice pair with mineral notes opening up to a crisp, lengthy finish. Will age well for 5-7 years - Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking