Peter Michael Ma Belle Fille Chardonnay 2014
in mixed case $93.49
At the highest elevation on the estate Ma Belle-Fille is an extension of the same slope as La Carrière, sharing its southeastern exposure and lean soils. Situated above the ceiling of the summer morning fog, it receives more sun than lower vineyards. This causes the fruit to mature earlier than the rest of our estate. Ma Belle-Fille also shares La Carrière's core of lean citrus flavors and vivid minerality, but with layers of baked apple and nectarine rounding out its profile. The name translates to "My Daughter In-Law" in honor of Emily Michael, Paul Michael's wife and the mother of the youngest generation.
Most of the Chardonnay clones used by Peter Michael are the old Wente clones, believed to have come from the grand cru vineyard just north of Beaune called Corton-Charlemagne. Peter Michael uses the Calera clone in their Ma Belle Fille estate vineyard. This has the highest elevation of any of their Chardonnay vineyards, with a southeast and southerly exposure. The 2014 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille (2,500 cases vs. 1,500 cases of the 2013) shows baked apples, brioche, nectarine and crisp apple skin notes in a meaty, almost tannic style. It is quite reserved and behaves more like a red wine in the glass than your typical Chardonnay. It should age nicely for a decade or more.
Score: 95, Robert Parker, December 2015
Just starting to open, this offers a subtle mix of citrus skin, green apple, pear and spice flavors. Sustained by intensity and focus, this promises more ahead. Drink now. 2,467 cases made.
Score: 92, James Laube, July 31, 2016
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