The 2016 Chateau St. Jean Durell Chardonnay brings beautiful balance to the glass. Our chardonnay gives you a generous and round mouth feel, often called elegant sensations. Bracing aromas and flavors of pineapple, ripe pear and lemon zest are joined by caramel and pleasant burnt sugar with toasted hazelnut and sweet vanilla spice. A lovely acid backbone, well structured and nicely balanced, the Durell Chardonnay has a long, lingering lemon curd finish.
Classic winemaking techniques of barrel fermentation and sur lie aging are used in crafting this single vineyard Chardonnay. Clonal selection plays an important role in the final blend, with both Clone 5 and Clone 15 being used exclusively. After completing 100 % malolactic fermentation, the wine spent 15 months in 100% French oak barrels (32% new).
The celebrated Durell Vineyard is found in the northwestern corner of Carneros on the Sonoma side of this unique growing region. Durell is strongly influenced by the cooling breezes and morning fog from the nearby San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay, and basks in the plentiful afternoon sunshine. Soils here are volcanic and rocky Goulding clay loam, with gently rolling slopes that benefit from both the cool Bay breezes and warmer clime of Sonoma Valley to the north.