The Estate Chardonnay is planted to the rare and difficult to cultivate Mt. Eden clone. This plant material, brought by Paul Masson from Burgundy’s Corton-Charlemagne and shipped around the Horn to San Francisco in the 1860’s, turned out to be important beyond its source. Little did Masson know that he was preserving the world’s only example of pre-phylloxera Corton- Charlemagne. The original vineyard in France died out long ago.
This 2012 Estate chardonnay offering has copious amounts of tropical fruit overtones with just a hint of honeydew melon. We only use approx. 20% new oak on this chardonnay, yet the subtleties of the refined tight grained Hungarian oak barrels blend superbly with the fresh fruit flavors of the estate vineyard. Even though the wine has gone through ML, the buttery character is present but not over-done. We like pairing this with a savory Tarragon Seafood Bisque.