Clos du Val Chardonnay, Napa Valley

£30.25 / bottle

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Description

Clos du Val Chardonnay is white red wine produced from grapes grown in the Napa Valley. It is 100% Chardonnay and 100% Barrel Fermented.

Clos du Val was founded in 1972 by American businessman John Goelet (a descendant of Bordeaux’s famed wine merchant, Barton & Guestier) and French-born winemaker Bernard Portet. Portet’s father had been manager at Chateau Lafite, where he and his brother Dominique were raised. There were one of the first wineries to set up in the now super-famous Stags Leap district and was first recognized for its Cabernet Sauvignon at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976. Today the winery is and run by Owner and General Manager Olav Goelet (one of the six grandchildren of founder John Goelet), Director of Operations Jon-Mark Chappellet and Winemaker Ted Henry.

Since 2014 there has been a change in philosophy at Clos du Val with focusing almost exclusively on making estate-grown wines, with an emphasis on the exceptional Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons that first catapulted Clos Du Val to fame. Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations. continues to craft wines of balance and complexity, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on which the estate lies. 

The grapes for the Clos du Val Chardonnay are sourced from the coolest blocks of the Carneros Estate vineyards with a soil of clay loam on fractured bedrock. The Clos du Val team started picking grapes in late August and complete harvest by the end of September. The grapes develop real intensity of flavour from a long, cooler growing season. The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels (35% new) for 10 months.

Clos Du Val has also ceased using any herbicides or pesticides in its vineyards, and the estate is halfway through the three year process of full organic certification.

 

Tasting Notes

Clos du Val Chardonnay has bright aromas of lemon zest, apricot,  honeycomb, and green apple leap from the glass in this beautifully balanced Chardonnay. On the palate, crisp acidity gives the wine a smooth mouthfeel with refreshing notes of citrus and custard. 

Food Pairing

Ideal with roast chicken, guinea fowl, lobster, fish in a creamy sauce.

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