Saturday, March 30, 2019

Chateau Chantal Pinot Gris Proprietor's Reserve 2016(MI)

I first tasted Chateau Chantal at a tasting of Michigan wines hosted in Washington DC last year. I was again lucky enough to taste a few bottles this year at the Eastern Winery Exposition 2019 in Syracuse, NY. 

Chateau Chantal was not incorporated until 1991, its history began in December 1983, when Robert and Nadine Begin formed Begin Orchards and purchased 60 acres of cherry orchards on the estate property.  The Begin family, Robert, Nadine and daughter Marie-Chantal, opened the doors of friendly hospitality in 1993 upon the completion of a French style three room B&B, winery and vineyard estates. As of July 2003, the B&B’s circle of friends has grown considerably when a 15,000 square foot expansion increased the total units available to eleven. Located on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula, with views of East and West Grand Traverse Bays, and Power Island. They produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and other varietals.

Chateau Chantal Pinot Gris Proprietor's Reserve 2016 is an amazing wine. The grapes were picked at 22.4 Brix  at harvest. The wine experienced sur lee aging with monthly b√Ętonnage  in oak barrels. It went through full malolactic fermentation and monthly b√Ętonnage stirrings.

The result is a big mouthful of tropical fruit with green apple, ripe pear, honey, and apricot and peach and a hint of pineapple. This was a very, very special wine. Terrific mouthfeel and super finish, with nice acidity and long, long lingering fruit. Amazing. A big white wine, but refined and complex! Absolutely lovely!

Very exciting!