Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early budbreak. Cooler, wetter
weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging,
extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and
smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. The very early budbreak resulted in an
equally early harvest.
This Chardonnay was bottled without filtration in June 2017.
We press whole clusters for phenolic delicacy (low tannins). Native yeast and full native
malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After nineteen months in 20% new French oak barrels from François Freres.