2019 Morlet ‘Ma Princesse’ Chardonnay Russian River Valley

$104.95
(Net Item - no discounts apply)

Dedicated to Luc Morlet’s daughter, ‘Ma Princesse’ is handcrafted with kid gloves and loving attention. Grown on a hillside vineyard along the Russian River bench, small berries from Old Wente vines deliver tremendous concentration in aroma and flavor. Full-bodied and creamy, it’s a cellar gem of a Chardonnay built for long term enjoyment.

Varietal:
Chardonnay
Winemaker:
Luc Morlet
Vintage:
2018
Oak Treatment:
Sur lies with batonnage, French oak from artisan coopers
Appellation:
Sonoma
Sub-Appellation:
Russian River Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Chardonnay
SKU #:
1049537
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA96-98+

Wine Advocate

Ma Princesse comes from the Ritchie vineyard in Russian River, planted to Old Wente clone selection, from vines that are 50+ years old. A barrel sample to be bottled in February 2021, the 2019 Chardonnay Ma Princesse needs a little swirling to unlock gorgeous scents of lemon meringue pie, lime cordial and honeydew melon with wafts of toasted almonds, brioche and nutmeg. The medium to full-bodied palate has a decadent oiliness to the texture with just enough freshness to lift the ripe, rich melon and toast flavors with a long finish. 400 cases are due to be made.

JD97+

Jeb Dunnuck

The 2019 Chardonnay Ma Princesse comes from the Russian River Valley (Ritchie Vineyard), and it's another terrific Chardonnay. Stunning stone fruits, white flowers, green almond, chalky mineral, and a beautiful sense of salty, mineral, marine-like character all define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with a tight, backward mouthfeel and a great finish. It needs at least another year in the cellar, but it’s going to deliver the goods through 2033.