Peter Michael Winery 'Ma Belle-Fille' Chardonnay 2016

$199

Rare new Chardonnay release from cult winery Peter Michael. Limited. 98-100 Points Robert Parker: "The 2016 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille has a compelling salted nuts and honeyed cake nose with a core of orange peel, pink grapefruit and rising bread dough. Medium-bodied, elegant and with great intensity, it has a wonderful yeasty/toasty character coupled with the gregarious citrus notes, finishing long and layered... ...Peter Michael is an impeccably run, world-class winery and it is probably impossible to find a greater set of Chardonnays anywhere else in the world, with one exception – the seven cuvées of Chardonnay made by Mark Aubert, ironically, one of Peter Michael’s former winemakers!"

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This was my contribution for a big white wine theme, where all bottles were served blind. Placed in the exact middle of the lineup, I considered this as my wine but wasn’t fully confident. Similar to the 2016 Belle Cote I opened earlier this year, I’m somewhat nicely surprised that this is as beautifully balanced as it is. Some of these wines have a reputation for “large and in charge”, but this was supremely balanced, toeing the line between Sonoma and white burgundy with richness. Aromatically it revealed sugar frosted stone fruits, white peach, caramel dipped golden delicious apples and baking spices. It has a beautifully textured palate that is almost creamy before snapping back with good acidity. Added notes on the palate of powdered lemon bar, floral honeysuckle, and whipped lemon cream. This will age effortlessly for another 7-10yrs, but it sure is giving now.

This was my contribution for a big white wine theme, where all bottles were served blind. Placed in the exact middle of the lineup, I considered this as my wine but wasn’t fully confident. Similar to the 2016 Belle Cote I opened earlier this year, I’m somewhat nicely surprised that this is as beautifully balanced as it is. Some of these wines have a reputation for “large and in charge”, but this was supremely balanced, toeing the line between Sonoma and white burgundy with richness. Aromatically it revealed sugar frosted stone fruits, white peach, caramel dipped golden delicious apples and baking spices. It has a beautifully textured palate that is almost creamy before snapping back with good acidity. Added notes on the palate of powdered lemon bar, floral honeysuckle, and whipped lemon cream. This will age effortlessly for another 7-10yrs, but it sure is giving now.

9.3

Hayden Hamilton

Not a big Chardonnay fan but this was solid. A bit of citrus and long slightly buttery exceptionally smooth finish

Not a big Chardonnay fan but this was solid. A bit of citrus and long slightly buttery exceptionally smooth finish

8.8

Sarah Blakemore

slightly sweet

slightly sweet

7.0

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