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Trois Freres Chardonnay 2015

ID No: 444721
Country:France
Region:Loire
Grape Type:Chardonnay
Winery:Trois Freres
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Ageing: 12 months sur lie in 60 gallon Burgundian barrels. 6 additional months in stainless. 
Cooperage: Francois Freres 100% French Oak, Vosges and Troncais forrests, 40% new oak.

Never any fining or filtration.


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"Aims for delicacy and finesse, with lighter shades of pear, toast, fig and melon, ending clean and elegant. Drink now. 110 cases made.– JL”
- Wine Spectator (June 2018), 93 pts


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The 2015 Leeu Passant Elandskloof Chardonnay is whole bunch pressed and barrel fermented in 30% new wood, inspired by some of the reduced style of Burgundy whites. It spent 12 months in barrel plus three months in tank, its first sulfur just before bottling. It has a well-defined, attractive bouquet with very slight reduction, praline and dried honey emerging with time in the glass. The palate is well balanced with a slightly waxiness, impressive weight in the mouth with a hint of sour lemon counterbalancing the controlled richness and weight on the finish. It probably needs another year in bottle. - Wine Advocate 90 Points

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Product Description

Rich and fruity with a nice malolactic mouthfeel. This is a Chardonnay drinker's delight.

The grapes are machine-harvested. The must is pre-filtered, then cold-fermented on the skins, cold-stabilized and sterile-filtered before bottling, 8 months after the harvest. The wine has been aged in 8% oak barrel (no new oak).

Winery: Trois Freres

The Trois Freres Estate
The Couillaud brothers, Bernard, Michel and François, joined together in 1979 and expanded the original small family holding to the present size. They export their wines in England, Japan, Germany, Holland, Belgium, and the U.S.A.

"This estate has been one of my value picks in other vintages, and they still offer very good quality for bargain hunters." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2012

The Trois Freres Vineyard
Located on a south-facing slope of granitic soil near the village of Vallet, in the heart of the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine appellation, the vineyard measures 66 hectares (145.73 acres): 36 hectares (88.92 acres) planted with Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet), 27 hectares (66.69 acres) with Chardonnay and 3 hectares (7.41 acres) with Gros-Plant.

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Marcassin Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2013

Marcassin Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. 


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What an extraordinary tasting this was at the Marcassin winery just north of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. Just when you think the duo of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer can’t make greater wines, they bowl over the taster with an array of exquisite quality that really must be tasted to be believed. Marcassin was probably California’s greatest Chardonnay after the famous Chalone winery fell from the pinnacle and onto hard times in the 1980s (and it has yet to rebound). Moreover, Marcassin set the bar for great Pinot Noir as well. And while both their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have many competitors these days (from the likes of Harford Court, Mark Aubert, Kistler, Kongsgaard, DuMol, Thomas Brown, Peter Michael, Martinelli and Luc Morlet, to name a few), John Wetlaufer and Helen Turley remain the reigning geniuses of these two varietals in California. Certainly, their meticulous attention to detail in both the vineyard and in the winemaking and élevage account for the quality, but they were among the pioneers who saw the unlimited potential from the Sonoma Coast, now a relatively crowded neighborhood. This was a remarkable tasting that simply blew me away, and I have been following their wines since the first Marcassins were made in the early 1990s. By the way, any doubts about aging potential should be crushed immediately, as even in the most challenging vintages in California, Marcassin Chardonnays and Pinots have aged as well as, if not better than just about any grand cru white Burgundy. For example, 1995 and 1996 Chardonnays, particularly those from the Lorenzo Vineyard, are incredibly youthful and dynamic, and the Marcassin Estate Pinot Noir, even from vintages such as 1998, is simply amazing. The three Chardonnays tasted include two perfect wines. Perhaps the closest comparison is not to anything made in California, but a Corton-Charlemagne in a top vintage from the famous Jean François Coche-Dury.



 Wine Advocate: 100