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Date Printed: 12/18/2014
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2004
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2004
(search item no. 91585)
collectible wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 12/18/2014: $74.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 98 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 97 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 98 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1997 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The complex nose is typical Leeuwin, with lifted aromas of dried pear and ripe peach accompanied by hints of cashews and integrated French oak. This finely balanced bouquet is the result of low-yielding vines, premium quality oak and gentle winemaking techniques to preserve the richness of the fruit.

Intense flavors of dried pears and citrus are evident on the palate, with richness from regular lees stirring during maturation. New French oak is in perfect harmony with the powerful fruit, adding complexity and structure wihtout overpowering the delicate subtleties. The finish, always a feature of Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay, is long and full-flavored.

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About Leeuwin Estate:

After an extensive search in 1972 to identify the most suitable Australian area for the production of premium varietal wines, Robert Mondavi singled out a small plot of land in the Margaret River region. At the time a cattle farm, Leeuwin Esate evolved under the direction of owners Denis and Tricia Horgan, with Mondavi acting as a consultant and mentor. The initial vineyards were planted by hand over a five year period from 1975, with the state-of-the-art winery opened in 1978. In 1979, Leeuwin Estate had their first commercial vintage. Today, Leeuwin Estate maintains a team of highly-skilled and dedicated winemakers, under the direction of two generations of the founding family, exporting to over 30 countries.