2007 Peter Michael - Ma Belle Fille 1.5L

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WA 96   WS 95   IWC 93   Collector 97
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 96

Another brilliant effort is the 2007 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille. Filled with notes of pineapples, honeyed melons, nectarines, and white currants, it reveals more toasty oak than its siblings as well as a smoky, roasted nut character. This full-bodied, utterly profound Chardonnay could easily pass for a Batard-Montrachet from France.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 187

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

Deliciously complex, with a rich, elegant, layered presentation of citrus-infused green apple, spice and toasty oak. Subtle honeydew melon flavors emerge on the finish. A shade lighter on its feet than Mon Plaisir.

Drink Dates: 2009-2013
Author: James Laube


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

($85) Green-gold. Deep, smoky aromas of pear skin, peach pit, iodine and anise, with a strong floral overtone. Sweet tangerine and pear flavors stain the palate and pick up salty minerality on the back end. Becomes richer with air, taking on pit fruit and toasted grain qualities and finishing with impressive grip and mineral thrust. This vineyard, which is situated at 2,000 feet, was planted between 1998 and 2000.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 144

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: Front Man
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 09/04/2011
There is something about this wine that just blows me away. I think it may be my absolute favorite white wine. Bright gold color with a greenish hue. Extremely comnplex, deep, full bodied and long. Bouquet of melons, tropical fruit,very distinct note of slightly burnt popcorn. Flavors of tropical fruit and white currants. Perfect acidity and body. The flavors seem to change from from the moment you take a sip through the mid- palate and into the finish over the course of 30 or so seconds. My score may be a little high compared to a professionals tasting notes, but I just can't say enough good things about this wine and it is virtually perfect for my palate.

Rating: 97
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 02/14/2013
Drink Dates:

Rating: 97
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/29/2011

Rating: 96
Author: CBS Wine
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/28/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2015
pure as can be with lots of melon notes to me

Rating: 95
Author: Jam02110
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 11/23/2013

Average rating: 95, based on 8 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

48 bottles owned by 28 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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