2004 Boisseau Chardonnay


Tasted December 2016: Somewhat Maderized nose, but fresh enough on the palate. Past prime, but still of interest. Drink now. (JL)

Palate

Medium bodied with good flavor concentration and length; hints of lemon, nutmeg & melon sorbet.

Aromas

Caramelized green apple, lilac & hazelnut.

Food Pairings

Complements grilled salmon, rich fish & lemon thyme roasted chicken.

Vineyard

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.

Vintage

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.

Winemaking

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.