(15.4% alcohol; a selection of the best barrels from Morlet's two chardonnay sources; he looks for |complexity, ageability and seamlessness, not necessarily for power|): Bright yellow-gold. Complex aromas of orange, honey, minerals, coconut and vanilla. Wonderfully generous and glyceral: this really melts in your mouth. For all its concentration and plumpness, this is magically vibrant and firm. I like the fact that this wine is made with just one-third new look, like Morlet's other chardonnays. Finishes with palate-staining persistence.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2011
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
The 2009 Chardonnay Coup De Coeur is all tangerine, mint, apricot jam and honey. There is no shortage of depth or concentration, but those qualities have been achieved with a loss of freshness, energy and length. Today, the 2009 Coup De Coeur comes across as heavy. The Coup de Coeur is a selection of the estate's best barrels, but when I taste this wine I am always inclined to think that less is more.