Our Chardonnay vines on the Estate are now more than 20 years old, and their strength of character is becoming more and more apparent each vintage. First planted in 1992, these are among the oldest such vines in the new world and their low yields and early ripening ability have been a perfect match for our climate & soils.
Produced from some of the oldest Dijon clones on our Estate, the Chardonnay is hand-picked, hand-sorted and then pressed whole cluster. The juice was fermented in 100% French Oak barrels to create a round, rich texture. After 11 months in barrel, Véronique selected her favorite barrels, those that were distinct and delicious. The Edition Limitée Chardonnay has a rich texture and great length on the palate. Beautiful and compelling, this cuvée possesses all of the Drouhin hallmarks - elegant and balanced, all with great finesse.
2013 will be remembered as a year that rewarded experience and patience. A relatively normal growing season moved into a long period of warm, dry weather before harvest. Picking began under clear skies, then moved through a brief period of intense storms, and then returned to calm, dry conditions. Throughout elevage, the wines developed complexity and a distinctive, cool climate personality, allowing us to craft this special and limited cuvée.
Our 2013 cuvée offers a complex nose of white flowers and citrus blossoms with a touch of toasted coconut. Fresh and refined, the palate is a mix of vanilla and lemon, rounded out with apricot and notes of toast. Rich and bold in structure, with well integrated oak, the finish is extremely long with crisp, brilliant acidity. Pleasant and lovely, this is a wine that pairs well with soft cheeses and shellfish. Enjoy now through the next five to seven years.