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Belle Côte Estate Chardonnay

Belle Côte Estate Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: Intense, muscular and hedonistic. Aromas of roses, lychee nuts and orange rind backed by minerals and spices. Rich, full-bodied and creamy on the palate with exotic mango, apricot and green apple flavors. Balanced and seamless with a long finish. The 2003 Belle Côte is enjoyable now but given the wine’s s concentration and extract we expect it to develop for another 7+ years.

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.


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