#3 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
The 2008 Ma Belle-Fille is spectacularly intense, boasting aromas of
nectarine and Mirabelle plum, accented with wet stone-like minerality,
brioche and lily flower notes. Generous in the mouth, rich and
concentrated, the wine displays flavors of William pear, honey, dried
almond, meringue, dry chamomile, orange rind and notes of baked
Reinette apple. In the mouth, the wine is tactile, gourmand and
extremely pure. Layered and seductive, the finish is very long.
"This is a tremendous Chardonnay, intense, pure, ripe and complex, with concentrated pear, apple, fig and melon flavors that are elegant and refined. Well-defined and long on the finish."
"Flamboyant and exotic, the extroverted, exuberant, powerful 2008 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille is a sensational hussy of a wine. Lots of brioche, buttered pastry, lemon oil, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, nectarine and caramelized citrus characteristics soar from the glass of this big, full-bodied, super-intense 2008. The oak is hardly noticeable and the acidity and freshness are impressive in spite of the 15.4% alcohol. It is a stunning Chardonnay to drink over the next decade. "
The Wine Advocate
"Green-tinged yellow. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of nectarine, pear, iodine and anise, with a slow-building floral quality. Taut, deep, gently smoky orchard fruit flavors are complicated by succulent herb and honeysuckle qualities and given cut by a zesty mineral quality. Plenty rich but gives up nothing in the way of energy, finishing with strong stony cut and excellent clarity."
International Wine Cellar