Chateau St. Jean Belle Terre Chardonnay 2006

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 94706
  • white wine
  • RP91
  • WE90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

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Winemaker's Notes

Bright and lively, this medium-bodied Chardonnay opens with pleasing stone fruit and light tropical aromas with hints of vanilla. On the palate, the wine offers a soft, creamy texture that surrounds the solid fruit core of melon, pear and mango. Aging in French oak lends a roasted almond character to this rich, ripe and perfectly-balanced wine.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2006 Chardonnay Belle Terre Vineyard (which sees full malolactic fermentation) offers more tropical fruit, honeyed apricot, and hints of mango, orange marmalade, and brioche. Medium to full-bodied, rich, and tasty, with good acidity as well as a long finish, this stunning value should last for 2-3 years."
91 Points

"Reminiscent of the 2000, this wine has a crisp, linear character that emphasizes minerals rather than the overt tropical fruits the vineyard shows in warmer vintages. It’s a fine, dry, acidic Chardonnay whose oak-infused lemon and lime flavors will complement sourdough bread and cracked crab."
90 Points

Learn About Chateau St. Jean Map ItMap It

Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of the Sugarloaf Ridge in Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California. Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean has long been recognized as a leader in Vineyard Designated wines. Winemaker Steve Reeder has built a reputation for making wines of power and elegance. With over 20 years of vineyard and winemaking experience, his knowledge...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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