Château Souverain, Chardonnay, California, USA, 2016
(at Finchley Road, London, 15 May 2018)
Drinking Window: 2018 - 2021
A really elegant Californian Chardonnay that's miles away from the oaky, high-alcohol blockbusters of old. From winemaker Ed Killian, using the best lots of cool-climate fruit, it's full bodied and forward, packed with mango, pineapple and spiced pear. Complexity comes from part fermentation in oak, followed by lees ageing and bâtonnage, giving a creamy texture and a caramel popcorn length.