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Belle Côte Estate Chardonnay

Belle Côte Estate Chardonnay Wine Details

Description: Distinctly intense, muscular and hedonistic. Aromas of roses, lychee nuts and citrus blossom come to mind with a background of minerals and spices, accompanied by a final touch of nutmeg and cedar. Full-bodied and creamy, the palate displays a rich, sensual, seamless texture. High natural acidity and notes of brioche and pain grillé complete the mouth feel. The 2004 Belle Côte is enjoyable now and will continue to develop it’s unique character for 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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