Chardonnay 'Ma Belle Fille'
The 2018 growing season began with abundant winter rainfall. Spring weather was cool and blooming, while delayed a bit, took place in almost perfect conditions resulting in a generous fruit set. The vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Aggressive canopy management and fruit thinning brought the crop into optimal balance. Summer temperatures were moderate with no severe heat spikes. An extended summer allowed our Chardonnay to gradually reach perfect ripeness. The moderate temperatures permitted a gradual harvest, resulting in an elegant vintage with classic flavors and excellent concentration.
At the highest elevation on the estate, the marine influence on Ma Belle-Fille is greater, resulting in cooler daily temperatures in the summer and autumn months. Situated far above the summer fog ceiling and exposed to the southeast, the vineyard receives the very first rays of sunshine each morning and remains sunny all day long. This full exposure, combined with cooler temperatures, causes the fruit to mature earlier than the rest of our estate.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes
The 2018 Ma Belle-Fille expresses nuances Appellation: Knights Valley, Sonoma County, and complexity of dough, jasmine, pineapple, fresh pear, pastry elements, golden apple, and nectarine accentuated by elegant minerality. 100% naturally fermented using native yeast Generous on the palate, rich with a creamy texture and multilayered, the wine displays brioche, orange blossom, dry honey, almond, nougat, vanilla, and clove. A pure expression of the Terroir of Ma Belle-Fille—gourmand, elegant, and mineral, the finish is slightly oily, classic, and very long. The wine will age gracefully for two decades.
- Harvested: September 4 – 28, 2018
- 100% barrel fermented in 100% French oak from select artisan coopers
- Barrel-aged sur lies 12 months with weekly bâtonnage
- Bottled unfined and unfiltered: February 6, 2020
- Alcohol: 14.2%
- Release Date: April 1, 2020