Burgundy has proven that quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can be grown in the same soil, Corton hill being the classic example. Wines from this special place inspired our decision to make Chardonnay from the Savoy Vineyard, whose soil and climate are also ideal for both Burgundian varietals. The 2014 vintage of Savoy Chardonnay marks a decade of working with these noble grapes. Comprised of 70% Wente and 30% Prosser, we continue to be impressed with the site expression, an extension of the interplay between these two clones.
The 2014 Radio-Coteau Savoy Chardonnay from Anderson Valley exhibit aromas and palate that belie its provenance. The combination of Wente and Prosser clones provide a fruit character depth not necessarily realized independently by each clone. Here they blend symbiotically to evoke tones of toasted honey crisp apple and baked pear. These fruit elements are countered by pineapple tropical tone and conclude with fresh cantaloupe. Above a modestly stated earthen minerality float tones of sweet baking spices, a light toast, and a nuttiness associated with almond skin. Finally a desirable richness akin to that of crème-fraîche rounds out the palate and the mouthfeel.
Fall 2016 Release
THE WINE ADVOCATE, #227, October 2016
“The 2014 Chardonnay Savoy comes from the clonal selections of Wente and Prosser. This is a beautiful Chardonnay with excellent caramelized citrus notes, apple blossom, some white peach and subtle pineapple, but with underlying wet rock minerality. The wine has great fruit, texture, and a full-bodied, dry finish. It was aged for 15 months in 30% new French oak prior to being bottled. It should drink nicely for up to a decade.” —Robert M. Parker Jr
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2016
“The 2014 Chardonnay Savoy is another exquisite wine from Radio-Coteau. Focused and nuanced, but with considerable depth and raciness, the 2014 is impeccably balanced. Scents of almond, chamomile and dried pear add aromatic lift. The wine's oily, viscous texture and layered fruit are incredibly inviting.”— Antonio Galloni