100 points - limited Limited new release from cult Chardonnay producer Mark Aubert. 100 Points Robert Parker: "The 2017 Chardonnay Sugar Shack Estate comes from the Montrachet clone—what Mark calls "the citrus circus" clone. A barrel sample, it springs out of the glass with vivacious mandarin peel, white grapefruit and white peaches scents with nuances of yuzu, lime leaves, crushed stones and honeysuckle plus a spicy waft of coriander seed. The full-bodied palate is packed with energy, with a lovely racy line cutting through the intense citrus and spice notes, finishing with compelling, long-lingering mineral and citrus pip notes. Again, this should be stunning with 5-7 years in bottle... ...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."
Absolutely brilliant...and a perfect way to start the week on an absolutely gorgeous early evening in Michigan!
Absolutely brilliant...and a perfect way to start the week on an absolutely gorgeous early evening in Michigan!9.7