Aubert Lauren Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

$199.99

100 points - limited                    Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert. 100 Points Robert Parker: "The 2017 Chardonnay Lauren Estate comes from a complex vineyard planted to four different clones: two Old Wente clones, Mt. Eden clone and Corton Charlemagne clone. It has an arresting nose of lemon barley water, white peaches, grapefruit and toasted almonds with touches of croissant, lime leaves, sassafras and allspice plus a hint of candied ginger. Full-bodied and jam-packed with energetic citrus and spice layers, it has a gorgeous satiny texture and fantastic freshness, finishing very, very long with bags of grace!... ...Mark Aubert continues to set the bar incredibly high for the world-class quality of his Burgundian-styled, remarkable Chardonnays, which come from relatively cool sites spread from Rutherford in Napa Valley to the far reaches of the Sonoma Coast. As I indicated last year, Aubert is at the top of his game, and it is hard to believe any Chardonnay winemaker in the world is turning out a half-dozen Chardonnays at this qualitative level year in and year out. He has had an incredible run of great success, after being mentored by none other than the reclusive and supremely talented Helen Turley when he took over the winemaking job at Peter Michael, then proceeded on to impressive sojourns at Colgin Estate as well as Tom Futo’s winery in Oakville."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Had this last week and again this week with @David L and @Ron R what a absolute stunner!

Had this last week and again this week with @David L and @Ron R what a absolute stunner!

9.5

Gilbert Van Hassel Delectable Pro

Alcohol not fully integrated and very high in alcohol (15 degrees). Quite flat in taste. Heady.

Alcohol not fully integrated and very high in alcohol (15 degrees). Quite flat in taste. Heady.

8.8

John Landis

Lovely color and aromas of lemon meringue. In the mouth : excellent acidity with bright lemon curd flavors and awesome lingering aftertaste.

Lovely color and aromas of lemon meringue. In the mouth : excellent acidity with bright lemon curd flavors and awesome lingering aftertaste.

9.4

Jim McCusker

First of all, the pic is courtesey of my wife Vanessa (and it’s an awesome pic if I do say so myself). Lauren is always my favorite of Mark’s chardonnays, and this one does not disappoint. Telltale notes of honeysuckle, lemon peel, apricot (or some other stone fruit), but surprisingly no trace of vanilla (which I was expecting given how Mark ages his whites). The wine has a beautiful mouthfeel, is balanced, and a flavor profile reminiscent of the nose. The complexity that characterizes the Lauren chards after a few more years in the cellar is not there yet, suggesting that this has many years of development ahead of it. Could turn out to be one of Mark’s best chards in recent memory, so if you have a few of these I’d open one now and put the rest aside and see how they develop.

First of all, the pic is courtesey of my wife Vanessa (and it’s an awesome pic if I do say so myself). Lauren is always my favorite of Mark’s chardonnays, and this one does not disappoint. Telltale notes of honeysuckle, lemon peel, apricot (or some other stone fruit), but surprisingly no trace of vanilla (which I was expecting given how Mark ages his whites). The wine has a beautiful mouthfeel, is balanced, and a flavor profile reminiscent of the nose. The complexity that characterizes the Lauren chards after a few more years in the cellar is not there yet, suggesting that this has many years of development ahead of it. Could turn out to be one of Mark’s best chards in recent memory, so if you have a few of these I’d open one now and put the rest aside and see how they develop.

9.5

Alex Moura

Happy Mother’s Day. ❤️

Happy Mother’s Day. ❤️

9.8

Alex Moura

@Alex Moura Alex Cheers

@Alex Moura Alex Cheers

9.8

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