Chenin Blanc, Beau Rivage
William’s decisions in the cellar are inevitably influenced by the Cote de Beaune and Loire Valley and beyond. The wine is fermented in used barrels and demi-muid and matures on its lees. Chenin remains Clarksburg’s signature variety, retaining succulent acidity thanks to the cool breezes which flow in across the Sacramento Delta every evening.
- 100% Chenin Blanc
- Sourced from mineral-rich alluvial, clay and silt soils
- Fermented in used barrel and demi-muids
- 12.1% alcohol
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The wine is outstanding, offering up a pure, youthful and complex bouquet of quince, green apple, beeswax, lanolin, dried flowers and a lovely base of chalky soil tones. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with excellent focus and grip, a lovely girdle of acidity and a long, nascently complex finish. This is still a young wine, and though it is tasty, it deserves a few years in the cellar to really start to blossom and show some secondary layers of complexity. This is a lovely wine that will age many, many years, will be more complex with some bottle age, and is an absolute steal at its price! Drink 2019-2030+. 91+. John Gilman A View from the Cellar