JCB No. 81 Chardonnay 2011
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Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in the village of Vougeot, Burgundy, France, where his lifelong passion for wine began as a child. Today, he is the visionary behind JCB – A collection of wines that embody both old and new world styles, each labeled with a distinct number and a personal story. With over 40 wines in the collection, JCB offers highly rated Cabernet, Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines, among many others, from vineyards in Burgundy, Napa Valley and Sonoma.
In addition to wine, Jean-Charles has expanded his luxury portfolio to include a lifestyle vision with a namesake JCB Jewelry collection, glassware from The Passion Collection created by Jean-Charles Boisset and Baccarat, as well as a selection of candles and lifestyle accessories that exemplify the JCB world of hospitality and entertaining. In 2018 Jean-Charles continued his legacy of pioneering innovations with the introduction of JCB Spirits, luxury vodkas and gin distilled from Burgundy wine made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that includes the first-ever caviar-infused and truffle-infused vodkas. Guests can also experience his world in person at his JCB tasting salons in St. Helena, Yountville, Healdsburg and San Francisco.
A vast appellation covering Sonoma County’s Pacific coastline, the Sonoma Coast AVA runs all the way from the Mendocino County border, south to the San Pablo Bay. The region can actually be divided into two sections—the actual coastal vineyards, marked by marine soils, cool temperatures and saline ocean breezes—and the warmer, drier vineyards further inland, which are still heavily influenced by the Pacific but not quite with same intensity.
Contained within the appellation are the much smaller Fort Ross-Seaview and Petaluma Gap AVAs.
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.