Clos La Chance Monterey County Estate Chardonnay 2019



Clos La Chance Monterey County Estate Chardonnay 2019

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Being a good steward of land and resources is a key practice in Clos LaChance’s wine making and wine growing philosophy. Owners Bill and Brenda Murphy are especially vested in the sustainability of the vineyard and winery—creating a legacy for their children, grandchildren and generations to come.

Sustainability is an ever-evolving practice. A member of the Central Coast Vineyard Team, Clos LaChance has also actively participated in the Wine Institute Sustainability Self-Assessment Program, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. We are proud of current achievements to create an environmentally, economically and socially sound business, and will continue working towards more sustainable practices.

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In early 2009, Clos LaChance’s 150-acre Estate vineyard was one of seventeen California vineyards to be Sustainably Certified via the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. The production facility was certified shortly thereafter.

2019 Monterey Chardonnay

The Clos LaChance Monterey County Chardonnay is sourced from premium vineyards spread throughout the iconic growing region. Known primarily for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production, Monterey County is the ideal growing region for ultra-premium wine grapes. The appellation is vast and spreads from the edges of the Pacific Ocean to the warmth of the Salinas and Santa Clara Valleys. The grapes sourced for this wine come from a mix of coastal climates to warm valley floors, giving it the complexity that shows through in the final product. Cool coastal grapes provide bright acidity and mineral notes, coupled with the extravagant citrus and melon notes from the warm valley fruit. The Clos LaChance Chardonnay is a true representation of one of the premier Chardonnay growing regions in the world.

Harvest Notes

2019, like the previous two vintages, continued to be one of the latest starts to harvest in recent memory. As the winters have become increasingly wet over the past three years, the soil profile has continued to allow the vines time to mature at a health rate and allow for a prolonged growing season. Seasonably above average rainfall in the spring gave rise to a later than average bud break and bloom. The late bloom period allowed the weather to warm up and decrease any concerns of a devastating frost event, a welcomed outcome for winemakers statewide. The summer of 2019 was well below seasonal average for temperatures and heat spike events. Only four days of 100+ degree temperatures in 2019 was well below that of 2018 and 2019 that saw 16 and 11 days respectively over 100 degrees. This even and mild temperature swings gave us an ideal growing season which pushed well into November. The extended hang time is shaping up to provide extremely high quality and likely one of the best vintages in the past decade.

Winemaking Notes

The Monterey County Chardonnay is made in a traditional California style method. The grapes are whole cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks where there are cold settled at 45 degrees for 48 hours. The juice is then racked on to oak where it is aged and fermented on 30% New French oak and 70% Neutral French oak. The wine is aged “sur lie”, meaning that the wine is stirred periodically to reincorporate the lees to increase mouthfeel and body of the wine. The wine is aged on oak for 16 months in which it develops the creamy and oaky characteristics that make this wine stand out.

Tasting Notes

Color: Pale Straw
Aroma: Light oak, Honeysuckle, Lemon Curd, Mineral
Flavor: Lime, lemon zest, Spice
Structure: Light body, light acid
Pairing: Ceviche, soft cheeses, lemon pepper salmon

Technical Information

Various Vineyards: Arroyo Seco
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Aged: 16 months on 30% New French Oak and 70% Neutral French Oak
Harvest date: Sept. 10 – Oct. 1, 2019
Average Brix at Harvest: 23.5
pH: 3.44
TA: 0.73
Bottling Date: Mar. 2nd, 2021
Alcohol %: 13.5%
Sugar: 0.09 g/L