In the village of Saint-Père, along a little creek to the southeast of Vézelay in Burgundy, a quiet, peaceful revolution is taking place. This part of Burgundy has been producing wines for centuries. Domaine de la Cadette now produces from thirteen hectares of land today, and has been farming organically since 1999, receiving their certification in 2002.
In this cooler climate, their vines enjoy great sun exposure, lending a balance between generous fruit and deep mineral structure.
"Their wines are a refreshing antithesis to a world of oaky, over-the-top, sloppy Chardonnays. The purity and finesse of a Vézelay Blanc provides a wine drinking experience that never gets old." - Kermit Lynch, Wine Importer
This California Chardonnay is made with organic grapes and certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
“Lucinda and Millie happily coexist on our vineyard farm in beautiful Mendocino County. These animals along with our vines thrive in this atmosphere where tradition and natural practices bring balance and healthy lifestyle”
The Chardonnay opens with a yellow-green straw color and luscious aromas of ripe pears and fall apples; a slight hint of vanilla bean sneaks past. The wine coats the palate with a rich and round texture, flavors of citrus and orchard fruit, and leaves behind an acidity that keeps the palate fresh. Try it with spinach ricotta pie, lemon and herb roasted chicken, and spicy baked shrimp.
"Napa Valley and Carneros had an especially cool 2010, which delayed the start of the growing season. A brief, late-season heat spike pushed ripening the other way, resulting in some areas having both ripe and not-quite-ripe fruit. Wineries that were able to thin out the affected grapes often produced well-made wines; on the other hand, some winery offerings showed a touch of green fruit." - San Francisco Chronicle Starmont used this growing season to make a stellar Chardonnay.
Chablis lies in the northernmost wine-making region of Burgundy, very near to Champagne. Part of the continental climate zone, this region is cooler, a bit more harsh, and the soils are comprised of limestone and chalk. Here chardonnay is made in a fresh and vibrant style with very little or no oak aging. This results in wines with high levels of acidity, less fruit flavors, and a more “steely” characteristic.
This Chablis from Simonnet Febvre offers a light straw color with hints of green, indicating its cool climate origin. Bright aromas of lemon peel, fresh white flowers, and sea water abound. The wine’s acidity is racy and sharp, both stimulating and cleansing your palate. This Chablis would pair perfectly with lobster, vegetarian dishes, oysters, clams, fried appetizers, bass, grilled chicken, and tuna.
A Chardonnay packed with pear, apple and citrus aromas that show exceptional depth and body. Offering rich flavors of green apple and lemon, surrounded by clean, crisp lingering finish. $16.99