94 Points / Cellar Selection – Wine Enthusiast – August 2015 EXTREMELY LIMITED
Tasting Notes by Paul Gregutt / Wine Enthusiast: This splendid effort is sourced from the Durant Vineyard, and aged in neutral French oak for seven months prior to bottling. Spicy and dense, it’s a lively blend of lime, apple, apricot and pear fruits. A trickle of juicy acidity pulls the flavors through into a finish with streaks of vanilla and clove. The 20-year-old vines provide the complexity and detail that will reward another decade of aging. Drink now through 2025.
Romance Copy: The fruit for our 2013 Chassé Chardonnay was hand harvested from twenty year old vines shortly after dawn on September 27th at Durant Vineyards in the Red Hills of Dundee. Immediately following harvest, the fruit was covered and immediately transported to our winery where we hand sorted through the clusters as our winemaker made preparations to begin the art of limited input winemaking.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) for seven months in a blend of 100% French oak barrels. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed weekly. These old world, artisanal winemaking techniques add a dimension of creaminess, texture and complexity to the mouthfeel while maintaining the wonderful aromas and flavors of the fruit.