2018 Peter Michael, Cuvee Indigene, Knights Valley, Bottle (750ml)

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Rating:RP98+ i Wine Critics: RP = Robert Parker
AG = Antonio Galloni
BH = BurgHound
JD = Jeb Dunnuck
LP = Lisa Perrotti-Brown
VM = Vinous Media
WS = Wine Spectator
JS = James Suckling
DR = Decanter

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RP98+ Cuvee Indigene is a top barrel selection of the Belle Cote vineyard with some fruit from Ma Belle Fille and Mon Plaisir. Winemaking consultant Luc Morlet mentioned that this label is intended to capture the richer side of Chardonnay each vintage, emphasized by the majority use of Old Wente clone. This wine gets 15 months in barrel—a bit longer aging than the other wines. The 2018 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene has wonderfully fragrant notes of lemongrass, lime leaves and orange blossoms that slowly emerge from the glass, giving way to a core of yellow apples and fresh pears with hints of struck flint and wet pebbles. The medium to full-bodied palate fills the mouth with perfumed citrus and apple flavors, supported a refreshing line, finishing long and chalky. Still quite closed, put this one aside for a good 2-3 years and then watch it blossom over the next 12-15 years+. 516 cases were made.

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