Vintage 2016
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 for more than four decades. Grown on a ranch owned by the Dick Family, located on the Russian River in southern Alexander Valley, this wine features a subtle, delicate style, making it a favorite to pair with a wide array of cuisines.

Tasting Notes

Characteristically rich and full, aromas and flavors of pear, ripe melon, crisp green apple and lemon zest are framed with notes of vanilla and oak spice. Nicely balanced and well structured, the wine finishes with a lingering, bracing note of acidity.

Vineyard Notes

Since the early 1970s, when Chateau St. Jean first began working with the Dick Family, they have built a reputation as one of the premier grape-growing families in the region. The Belle Terre vineyard terrain consists of gently rolling land with well-drained, gravelly and sandy loam soils.

Winemaking Notes

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