2003 Peter Michael - Mon Plaisir 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94

There are 1,000 cases of the 2003 Chardonnay Mon Plaisir, which offers a lovely tropical fruit and hazelnut-scented bouquet as well as broad, lush, concentrated flavors. This beautiful effort, which sees about 60% new French oak, should drink well for 4-5 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: Robert Parker

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

Beautifully crafted, striking a deft balance among the ripe, succulent pear, melon and apricot flavors shaded by a nice overlay of smoky oak. Harmonious flavors and texture make for a winsome combination. To be released September 2005. 952 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

Slightly hazy yellow. Pungent aromas of stone fruits, hazelnut and baking spices, with a suggestion of dried fruits. Sweet, fat, seamless and suave, with deep flavors of nectarine and pineapple. As lush and richly fruity as this is, it finishes with good spine and slightly edgy acidity.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Average rating: 93, based on 3 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

382 bottles owned by 125 collectors.

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About This Producer

Peter Michael's estate vineyards (founded in 1982) are what make his wines truly exceptional. Sugarloaf Ranch sits high above Knights Valley in eastern Sonoma County, and from its rocky volcanic soil come Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The Alexander Mountain Estate Vineyard, above Alexander Valley, provides additional Chardonnay. All Peter Michael wines are site-driven single vineyard bottlings, whether from the estate or the limited sourced appellations. The line-up of estate wines is supplemented by a Pinot Noir from Pisoni Vineyard called "Le Moulin Rouge."

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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