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Jean-Charles le Bault de la Morinière told me that "the 2007 growing season began atypically early with several periods of excess and in several directions, which is to say too early, too hot, too cold, too wet and finally, just right. It would be fair to say that the weather during the season was erratic but thankfully, when it was most critical, the harvest conditions were ideal. Just as with the pinot, the vinification of the chardonnay was straightforward with no problems. 2007 gave us an extremely pure expression of the vineyard and it should age well for years to come as it's both balanced and has excellent underlying material.

The '06 is more obviously riper than the '07 with a complex, ripe and elegant mix of green apple, spice and minerality that complements perfectly the round, rich, detailed and stony flavors that possess ample mid-palate fat and superb depth of material, all wrapped in a gorgeously long and drenching finish. A study in harmony and grace that should also age well for years. Score: 94 Points; Tasted: Jul 2009; Drink: 2014+; Issue: 35; Allen Meadows - Burghound


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