2014 Brosseau Chardonnay
The Brosseau Chardonnay sings with flavors of dried apple, spiced caramel and
persimmon, while a sonorous acidity and pure minerality reverberate throughout the
palate. The intense aromatics of delicate spice, peach blossom and key lime unwind to a
tightly structured core of perfectly ripe yellow fruits and limestone. A sublime vintage from
the esteemed vineyard in the heart of the historic Chalone appellation, this offering once
again mirrors the character of a cru Chablis.
Located in the Chalone appellation that made history in the 1976 Paris Tasting, Brosseau
is Copain’s most southern vineyard source. These old vines, reaping the benefits of
the cool marine influence, are planted in a particularly rocky mixture of limestone and
decomposed granite. Whole-cluster pressed into neutral oak barrels, the mature Wente
clones produce one of the most mineral-driven Chardonnays in California.
The 2014 vintage started dry but abundant February rain came just in time to break the
winter drought. Warm spring temperatures encouraged an early bud break that kept
vineyard development ahead of schedule through the entire season. Our harvest was
condensed beginning September 3 and concluding on September 24. For the first time,
our Pinot Noir and Syrah harvest overlapped.
Abundant sunshine and cool evenings created
near ideal conditions for ripe and balanced wines
with yields falling in the normal range.