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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

A Wine Legend

If you haven‚Äôt heard of this wine before, now‚Äôs the time to take in some rich his¬≠to¬≠ry. Ch√Ęteau Mon¬≠te¬≠le¬≠na is a wine leg¬≠end being the Cal¬≠i¬≠for¬≠nia Chardon¬≠nay that caused quite a stir when it beat a line¬≠up of the best white Bur¬≠gundies dur¬≠ing a blind tast¬≠ing com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠tion known as the Judge¬≠ment of Paris in 1976. Have taste of great¬≠ness that express¬≠es hints of pear, apple and cit¬≠rus with a semi tart dry finish.

Tast­ing Notes from the Curator

Ripe peach, pear and cloves dom¬≠i¬≠nate the nose amidst a flur¬≠ry of flo¬≠ral and hon¬≠ey¬≠suck¬≠le notes. There‚Äôs a won¬≠der¬≠ful full¬≠ness and weight on the palate punc¬≠tu¬≠at¬≠ed by ripe mel¬≠on, green apple, and fresh cit¬≠rus. The oak con¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠tion remains sub¬≠tle with a hint of vanil¬≠la and bak¬≠ing spice. The den¬≠si¬≠ty of the wine is read¬≠i¬≠ly appar¬≠ent as grilled pineap¬≠ple, lychee, and a rich creami¬≠ness linger.

Pair­ings

Ch√Ęteau Mon¬≠te¬≠le¬≠na Chardon¬≠nay is best paired with dish¬≠es with rich fish such as baked salmon, grilled tuna steaks or ahi poke. If you‚Äôre look¬≠ing for a health¬≠i¬≠er option, dish¬≠es with veg¬≠eta¬≠bles such as pota¬≠toes, win¬≠ter squash, legumes, porci¬≠ni mush¬≠rooms also go well with this white. 

Game Chang­er

Ch√Ęteau Montelena‚Äôs win in the his¬≠toric Judge¬≠ment of Paris or Paris Wine Tast¬≠ing of 1976 didn‚Äôt just bag a grand prize recog¬≠ni¬≠tion for the win¬≠ery. It also placed Napa Val¬≠ley wines in gen¬≠er¬≠al on the map. Giv¬≠en the biased notions at that time that only French wines would reign supreme, the blind tast¬≠ing com¬≠posed of 9 French judges out of 11, proved that non-French wines had a chance in mak¬≠ing a name on its own too.

Although the news of the Napa Val¬≠ley winery‚Äôs win was most¬≠ly ignored by French press, The Paris Wine Tast¬≠ing of 1976 had a rev¬≠o¬≠lu¬≠tion¬≠ary impact on expand¬≠ing the pro¬≠duc¬≠tion and pres¬≠tige of wine in the New World. It also gave the French a valu¬≠able incen¬≠tive to review tra¬≠di¬≠tions that were some¬≠times more accu¬≠mu¬≠la¬≠tions of habit and to reex¬≠am¬≠ine con¬≠vic¬≠tions that were lit¬≠tle more than myths tak¬≠en on trust.

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