Maison Bleue Winery Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label
Maison Bleue Winery Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Front Label

Maison Bleue Winery Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

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750ML / 13.2% ABV
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Maison Bleue’s new releases begin with the 2010 Au Contraire Chardonnay sourced from the winery's estate French Creek Vineyard with its 32-year-old vines. The wine was fermented and aged sur-lie for 7 months with batonnage in a 50-50 mix of seasoned oak and stainless steel. It went through a 50% malolactic fermentation. Inviting aromas of orange blossom, creme fraiche, stony minerals, and baking spices inform the nose of a crisp, vibrant, mouth-filling Chardonnay. Impeccably balanced and lengthy, the wine is surprisingly rich for this style, a tribute to the winemaker.
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Maison Bleue Winery, Washington
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Maison Bleue is a family-owned winery dedicated to the production of terroir-driven wines from the Walla Walla Valley and beyond. They focus primarily on Rhone varieties such as Grenache and Syrah, as well as Red Blends. Their winemaking is an uncompromised style of traditional techniques, gentle handling and a modest use of French oak. Their wines combine European sensibility with a controlled New World opulence.
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As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.

The cooler parts of the valley are home to almost half of the Chardonnay and Riesling produced in the state! Both are made in a wide range of styles depending on the conditions of the vineyard site.

But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.

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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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