To craft our Reserve Chardonnay, we harvest fruit from such outstanding Sonoma County vineyards as Robert Young, Belle Terre, Durell and Cold Creek. Each vineyard lot remains separate as it is fermented in small French oak barrels and aged sur-lie for 17 months. We select individual barrels of the best lots for the final blend.
Aromas of Meyer lemon, toasted notes, baking spice and fresh ginger dominate the nose. On the palate, many flavors reappear with vigor as layered flavors of melon, lemon and toast combine to create a profile with huge depth and complexity. Well structured and broad, warm and acidic, this wine shows many of the classic hallmarks of a Sonoma County Reserve Chardonnay. Drink now, or wait hold for up to five years.
Classic winemaking techniques such as sur lie aging are used for this wine. Each lot is kept separate throughout the winemaking process and aged in 100% French oak. After 28 months of resting in barrel, specific lots are selected to craft the final blend. Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren prefers to give the Reserve Chardonnay a year of bottle age before it’s released.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long 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 category.