Ch. Potelle Mount Veeder VGS Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
Ch. Potelle Mount Veeder VGS Chardonnay 2005 Front Label

Ch. Potelle Mount Veeder VGS Chardonnay 2005

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The 2005 VGS Chardonnay is very consistent with previous vintages with one slight difference: it has a stronger acidity backbone, which is going to ensure very long aging for this wine. Entirely fermented with its own natural yeasts, the wine is unfined and unfiltered. That painstaking winemaking method protects the terroir and its delicate nuances making Chateau Potelle Chardonnay VGS quite unique.

Brilliant yellow-straw color, the attack in the mouth is fresh and crisp, very lively, with loads of apple and citrus turning very fast to the richer, deeper fruit nuances of melon and peach. The nose is extremely complex due to the length of the fermentation that allows all the elements to blend harmoniously to create the unique style of Chardonnay VGS.

The beauty of this wine stays the length in the mouth - it is extraordinarily long. The flavors fill the palate with layers of fruits and winemaking flavors. This wine is round, ample and very rich (but well balanced by the acidity) with a soft creamy texture.

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Chateau Potelle, California
The Chateau Potelle estate of 202 acres is located high on top of Mount Veeder overlooking Napa. Its 35-year-old vines are stressed by 1200 to 2000 foot elevations, poor soils, steep slopes and dry farming, producing low yields and small berries. Natural yeast fermented and unfiltered, these wines are handcrafted by Marketta Formeaux's natural winemaking techniques to create wines that are intense yet balanced.
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Centered at the peak for which it is named, Mount Veeder is Napa’s largest sub-AVA. But even though the entire appellation spreads over 16,000 acres, vineyards cover a mere 1,000. Scattered among Douglas firs and bristlecone pines, Mount Veeder vineyards extend south from the upper elevations of the Mayacamas Mountains—the highest point at 2,400 feet—to the border of the Carneros region. Less than 25 wineries produce wine from Mount Veeder fruit.

Winemaking began early in this appellation. In 1864, Captain Stelham Wing presented the first Mount Veeder wine to the Napa County Fair; it came from today’s Wing Canyon Vineyard. Prohibition, of course, halted winemaking and viticulture wasn’t revitalized until the founding of Mayacamas Vineyards in 1951 and Bernstein Vineyards in 1964.

The Bernstein Vineyards was actually home to the first Petit Verdot in California, planted in 1975. Today most of the Petit Verdot in Napa Valley originates from this vineyard.

Rocky volcanic clay and ancient seabed matter dominate Mount Veeder soils—perfect for Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot enjoy spectacular success. These varieties produce wines rich in brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with herbal and floral aromatics. Structures are moderate to assertive and wines have great staying power.

Chardonnay from Mount Veeder is lush, full and balanced mineral and fresh citrus flavors.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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