92 Insider Points
"Very Good"- Wine Advocate
96 point Vintage - Wine Advocate
Sonoma Chard Has Been Steadily Moving Up My List.
Chateau St. Jean is a Sonoma all-star, and their Robert Young Reserve is one of those Chards that makes it easy to love.
Flint and green apple nose. Creamy on the front palate with a floral bitterness, Washington apple, raw guava and slate minerality. Medium bodied with medium+ acidity, and it finishes long with dried apple.
92 Points - JZ January '18
"The 2015 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard has a clean stone fruit and ripe citrus fruit nose with hints of toasted almonds and fresh hay. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers a pleasantly oily texture and lovely ripe fruit flavors supported by refreshing acidity and finishing on a savory note."- Wine Advocate
Alexander Valley, Sonoma
From Wine Advocate's 96 point vintage, this is not just a single vineyard of extraordinary quality: Robert Young is also a certified clone of Chardonnay—developed by Robert Young himself back in the 1980s when the famous viticulturalist sought the ideal grape for his Alexander Valley vineyard.
What a grape that turned out to be—honed from the original plantings of the old-growth Wente clone growing here previously. In this newly released Chardonnay—from a spectacular vintage, too—a powerfully rich, intensely fruited is the result of all of Young’s trials in the vineyard. The wine is 100% barrel fermented, as befits a white of this depth and complexity. Aging sue lie and maturing in French oak adds a further layer of opulence and creamy, apple pie character. The finish, however, brings in brighter, more mineral notes with lemon curd and lemon zest notes, which makes this big-boned Chard plenty lithe enough to serve with food.
Four reasons we love it:
- This Chardonnay is from a 96-point Wine Advocate vintage that offered ideal conditions for Chardonnay throughout the Valley.
- The Robert Young Vineyard in north-central Alexander Valley consists of ideal terroir for Chardonnay soil that is rich in alluvial clay.
- Chateau St. Jean was actually one of the earliest adopters of single-vineyard Chardonnay back when Richard Arrowood was the winemaker, and because of the winery’s history and connections, St. Jean still gets the pick of the litter from a multitude of incredible vineyards up and down the valley.
- Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren was the Wine Enthusiast’s “Winemaker of the Year” in 2008. The 2017 harvest marked her 37th at Chateau St. Jean—a rarity in a field where talented winemakers tend to move from project to project.
The 2015 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard has a clean stone fruit and ripe citrus fruit nose with hints of toasted almonds and fresh hay. Medium to full-bodied, it delivers a pleasantly oily texture and lovely ripe fruit flavors supported by refreshing acidity and finishing on a savory note.
Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean enjoys a tradition of distinction for producing consistent, quality-driven, vineyard designated wines. Considered "the best" on several fronts, winemaker Margo Van Staaveren, who's been with Chateau St. Jean for 30 years, was named 2008 Winemaker of the Year by The Wine Enthusiast.
2004 marked Margo Van Staaveren’s 25th harvest at Chateau St. Jean. During the course of her 30 year tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury categories.
This wine pairs well with poached or grilled seafood, shrimp or crab with spicy aioli, baby greens tossed in citrus honey vinaigrette, avocados, fruit salsa, shaved fennel, tangerines and triple creme cheeses.