2004 Boisseau Chardonnay
[tasted December 2016: Somewhat Maderized nose, but fresh enough on the palate. Past prime, but still of interest. Drink now. (JL)]
Caramelized green apple, lilac & hazelnut.
The palate is medium bodied with good flavor concentration & length; hints of lemon, nutmeg & melon sorbet.
Complements grilled salmon, rich fish & lemon thyme roasted chicken.
Boisseau Vineyard is owned and operated by Richard Boisseau. It is located in Front Royal Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, about 5 miles west of Linden. The vineyard was planted in 2000. It is vertically shoot positioned. Dijon clones 96 and 76 are planted on a high bluff above the valley floor. Exposure is west. Soils are a deep clay/silt loam.
2004 can best be categorized as a roller coaster vintage. The growing season was quite good, with a very early flowering due to a hot May, below normal summer temperatures, and slightly higher than normal rainfall. Mid August through early September was a beautiful window of perfect ripening weather. Harvest was September 8, 2004.
Chilled grapes were sorted, pressed, juice settled and then barrel fermented in older French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lie in barrel for 10 months.121 cases produced. This wine will improve in the bottle for 4 to 6 years post bottling.