"Very Good" - Wine Advocate

94 Insider Points 

REVIEWS

One of our favorite producers, Clos du Val's 2016 Chardonnay is incredibly vivid, with layered aromas of lemon, peach, and baking spice. On the palate, this wine has balanced acidity perfect with your holiday meal with family. -- Premier Sommelier Team 


"The 2016 Chardonnay Estate reveals lovely aniseed, crème brûlée and lemon zest notions over a core of apple tart, white peaches and clover honey. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with spiced apples flavors and just enough freshness, finishing with a peppery kick."
--Wine Advocate 

"I’m pleased to say that the bottled 2016s are showing much more nuanced than even their tightly bound, relatively closed barrel sample versions had initially revealed. The wines are still a lot shyer at this stage than their 2015 counterparts, but their incredible vibrancy and intensity is evident. The reds further possess beautifully soft, ripe tannins and taut, muscular (but not skinny) fruit with compelling tension. What I particularly love about the character of the 2016s is a kind of effortlessness about the wines—like a child possessing natural beauty from the get-go. What’s more, this is a fabulous vintage for expressing terroir signatures over vintage signature, which is more pronounced in 2013, 2014 and 2015."
-- Lisa Perrotti-Brown  

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Carneros AVA
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    9 months in 35% new French Oak
  • FRUIT

  • BODY

  • OAK

  • ACIDITY

The Judgment of Paris: A Napa Valley Wine Tasting Guide 

"This is a fabulous set of wines from Clos du Val. Under the direction of Steve Tamburelli, Jon-Mark Chappellet and Ted Henry, Clos du Val is in the midst of repositioning itself as a premium winery. Production is down and a focus on quality is up. The Stags Leap home vineyard has been renamed Hirondelle, while the top wine is now the Three Graces blend, which, somewhat confusingly, is a top selection from Hirondelle, and not Clos du Val's Les Graces vineyard in Yountville. When it comes to the wines there is not much to say, except that they are superb. Tony Biagi continues in his role as consultant to winemaker Ted Henry." 
-- Antonio Galloni, March 2018

John and Henrietta Goelet founded Clos Du Val in 1972.  A descendant of Bordeaux's famed wine merchant, Barton & Guestier,  John had a vision of producing Cabernet Sauvignon that would rival the world’s best.  French trained winemaker Bernard Portet was selected to head the search for the perfect property from which to produce these wines.  In 1972, two years and five continents later, a parcel in what would become the Stags Leap District in the Napa Valley was chosen to fulfill this lofty dream.  Our inaugural wine, the 1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, was part of the group that topped French wines in the legendary 1976 Judgment of Paris blind tasting. Ten years later, Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon took first place in the Judgment of Paris rematch.

While the major focus is on the growing and production of the world’s finest wines, history has taught that the value is in the connections that wine creates. These connections, between customers, our vineyards, wines, people and history create a richness of story and purpose that informs and defines the Clos Du Val experience.

TASTING NOTES 

From the Winery: Made exclusively using grapes from our own acclaimed Carneros estate vineyard, which we have been farming for more than four decades, this is an alluring Chardonnay, with layered aromas of lemon, white peach, and clove spice. On the palate, balanced acidity gives the wine a smooth mouthfeel with a refreshing green apple finish.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Clos Du Val, French for “small vineyard estate of a small valley,” was founded in 1972 in the renowned Stags Leap District. The winery was first recognized for its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, establishing its place as one of Napa Valley’s most iconic winery estates. Still family-owned today, Clos Du Val farms 350 acres of estate vineyards in the Stags
Leap District, Carneros and Yountville appellations and continues to craft wines of balance and complexity, showcasing the fruit from the outstanding terroir on
which our estate lies.