Beaux Frères Chardonnay Willamette Valley
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The Beaux Frères Chardonnay is a limited cuvée produced from single vineyard, Gran Moraine.
- The vineyard, which is nestled in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, has an idyllic climate for creating highly complex, age-worthy Chardonnays.
- The grapes are sourced from a plot 2.33 acres in size, with northeast exposure on sedimentary rock soils.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: The fruit is pressed in whole clusters with no sulfur added at the press tray, allowing the juice to brown (a technique known as “hyper-oxidation”). This leads to less bitterness and astringency in the final wine and more color stability, by forcing all of the compounds that can cause a wine to turn brown or age prematurely to react and release before the fermentation process begins. After about 24-hours of cold settling, we rack the juice off the heavy lees into barrel where both primary and secondary fermentation will occur. From this point on the wine is handled in a reductive fashion to ensure it is exposed to as little oxygen as possible. The slow and cool fermentation that follows (sometimes up to 11 months) allows the wine to develop and retain floral aromas and texture from lees contact. 16 – 18 months in primarily neutral oak barrels
Tasting Notes: A pure beam of light in the glass with youthful minerality. Lanolin and rain soaked wool aromatics give way to a mouthwatering palate. Finishes with polished sophistication and ample potential for cellaring several years or more.
2016 – 95 Vinous
2017 – 92 Wine Advocate | 94 James Suckling | 94 Vinous
2018 – 95 Vinous | 95+ Wine Advocate
2020 – 92 Jeb Dunnuck
Founded in 1986 by “Beaux Frères” (i.e. brothers-in-law) Michael G. Etzel and wine critic Robert M. Parker, the Beaux Frères winery is located on an 88-acre farm in the most prestigious terroirs of Willamette Valley. Using biodynamic and organic practices, as well as non-manipulative, uncompromising methods Beaux Frères crafts the most natural and authentic wines. The Henriot Family acquired the Beaux Frères winery in April of 2017.