2015 CHARDONNAY, B.A. Thieriot Vineyard, Littorai. Sonoma Coast, California
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Just a few miles from the (very) cool and windy Pacific Ocean, the Sonoma Coast appellation is the California 'frontier' of cool climate winemaking. This is from one of several single vineyards owned by the Littorai estate. The wine is not labelled as organic but the vineyards are farmed 100% organically.
Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay, fermented and matured in French oak (25% new wood) for 11 months; (10% of the wine is kept in steel throughout, to retain a little extra freshness).
Producer: Owned by a couple with an amazing pedigree. Heidi and Ted Lemon set up their own winery in 1993 after (for Ted) an oenology degree at Dijon University and experience at Roumier, Bruno Clair, Domaine Dujac and (as winemaker / vineyard manager) at Guy Roulot in Meursault; (and for Heidi) experience in Germany and then several wineries in California, including Robert Long and Stag's Leap WineCellars.
Old Bridge Rating: OK this is very expensive. But it's also very good. At a Burgundy / Chardonnay tasing in April 2018 at The Old bridge it was, by a distance, the very best wine shown.
Press Reviews: 95+ points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com:
"The 2015 Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard is the most vivid and sculpted of these Chardonnays, as it typically is. Here the flavours are finely sketched, with plenty of citrus, floral and mineral notes pushed forward. Deceptive in its mid-weight feel, the Thieriot packs a real punch. I would give the 2015 a year or two in bottle to unwind a bit. What a gorgeous and expressive wine this is."
£77.00 per bottle
This wine does not qualify for a further case discount