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La Carrière Chardonnay

La Carrière Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: A terroir-driven minerality dominates the aroma; wet stone, baking flour and white truffle. The minerality is highlighted by notes of citrus oils, pear and lemon with hints of brioche, vanilla and hazelnut. On the palate, the 2003 La Carrière has wonderful concentration, depth and a rich creaminess. Its bright acidity and minerality are comparable to a Puligny-Montrachet and will allow it to age well over the next 7-10 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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