Vintage 2014
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Alexander Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

Chateau St. Jean, a pioneer in vineyard-designate wines, has been producing Belle Terre Vineyard Chardonnay since 1975. This Chardonnay is grown on a ranch owned by the Dick family that is located on the Russian River in southern Alexander Valley. This Chardonnay is a subtle, delicate style making it very food-friendly.

Bottle Size: 750 ml
Bottles in Case: 12

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Belle Terre Chardonnay offers bright aromas of peach, lemon curd and notes of sweet vanilla spice. The wine is medium-bodied and rich on the palate. The well-structured wine is balanced by a core of ripe fruit characteristics and a line of racy acidity. The mouth-watering flavors of Meyer lemon sorbet and pineapple linger on the long finish.

Winemakers Note

The Chardonnay fruit for this wine is whole cluster pressed and immediately sent to barrel for fermentation. After fermentation, the wine is aged in small French oak barrels (20% new) for ten months. The fruit-forward nature of this wine is enhanced by the close to 100% malolactic fermentation process it goes through, producing a well-structured yet elegant wine.