Les Grands Vins de Colette is a new Chardonnay project from Claire-Marie and Wendell Laidley, who previously co-founded Realm Cellars in Napa Valley in 2002. This brand embodies their collective passion for Burgundian-style Chardonnay and is an opportunity for us to pay homage to Claire-Marie’s grandmother, Colette, whose life journey was made for the movies.
The winemaker is Rebecca George – she has an immense array of experiences and depth of talent for someone so young. Her resume includes Marcassin (Helen Turley), Kelly Fleming, Williams Selyem and Domaine MeoCamuzet in Vosne-Romanee (France).
Colette 2009 “Durrell’ Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
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This is an amazing wine with lots of power from start to finish. This is a Chardonnay that will even benefit with a few years in the bottle and will surely live a long life in the cellar! I was stunned when I tasted the 2009 Colette. This is truly a Premier Cru-type wine, if we’d had a designation in California. Sourced from a unique block on the famous Durrell Estate, this wine offers tons of intensity from start to finish. On the nose you’ll be presented with gorgeous aromas. The palate is loaded with luscious fruit and the right balance of acid and minerality. This might be one of the most impressive whites of the year. Rich, yet silky smooth with the right amount of fruit and acid in sync a touch of butter scotch along the way. The wine finishes long and elegant. A true gem!