2018 Anderson Valley Chardonnay

(12 customer reviews)

$44.16

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Average Purchase Price: $18.62

Citrus (lemon and grapefruit), apple, almond, medium weight with the balance toward acidity rather than the lush/tropical/buttery California Chardonnay paradigm. I wrote this note at the time of bottling yet this is a wine that deserves a year in the cellar before proper consideration.

13.7% Alc, 6.3 TA, 3.6 pH
Bottled on February 28 2020
126 cases produced

I first tasted this wine in early February from a puncheon in a friend’s cellar. We also thieved glasses from the other barrels in the lot and I could see why this one got kicked out of the blend. The barrel next to it had the wonderful beguiling gunpowder/flint of Chablis while this one, although fine and proper, would only have attenuated the complexity. In the tough-luck way of musical chairs, the winery prefers to bottle only about 300 cases which relegated this puncheon and three 228L barrels to an innocuous tank of Anderson Valley appellation-blend Chardonnay. We’re not going to let that happen.

The vineyard was planted in 1991 and the Pinot and Chardonnay sourced here are perennial single-vineyard designates for several wineries. This particular block is planted with Wente which often has seedless ‘chick’ berries mixed with fat ‘hens’. Harvest was on Oct 3 at 22.3 Brix. 2018 is regarded as super high quality while also a generous year. The abundance of the vintage is what we have to be thankful for since more fruit was harvested than the winery needed.

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  1. One person found this helpful
    jon burke

    Quaratine's best friend

    jon burke (verified owner)

    In these Covid times we face a choice of visiting Whole Foods or having Becheur shipped to our home. It’s an easy decision. The 2018 Anderson Valley Chardonnay is really delicious wine. Fruity but not sweet. It’s all we have been drinking for the past two weeks and all we will drink during quarantine. It never lets us down.

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  2. One person found this helpful
    Lynn Davey

    Surprising and Exceptional

    Lynn Davey (verified owner)

    I ordered this wine based on the reputation of Michael Terrien, and a love of both chardonnay and the Anderson Valley. In short, my husband and I were both blown away. Great acidity, lovely fruit – and I would have sworn it hailed from France, not California, if tasting blind. I can’t imagine what it will be like with some age, it’s already delicious. As soon as I opened the first bottle, I bought more to put in the cellar. I also recommended it to an “Anything But Chardonnay unless it’s Champagne” friend, convinced this wine would make her see the errors of her ways once and for all! One of the things I like best about chardonnay is how versatile it is and how much can be revealed in the wine by choices in the winemaking process. This is a gorgeous expression of the grape, and is a complete steal. Don’t hesitate to buy a case!

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      RICHARD BARNES (verified owner)

      As others have commented, this wine has a fruitiness and a nice level of acidity, without the over-the-top oak or heaviness of some California chardonnays. Reminiscent of France– yes, in the best sense. A great recommendation to start Bècheur on its way!

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  3. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    meredith mcmonigle

    Delish!

    meredith mcmonigle (verified owner)

    Just in time for the Durham heat!

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  4. One person found this helpful
    jennifer larosa

    jennifer larosa (verified owner)

    I have long followed, admired and enjoyed the wines that Michael Terrien makes and this is no exception. Beautiful and bright acidity, pairs wonderfully with my favorite dish of the moment—pasta vongole. I could eat and drink this combo daily!

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    Nicholas Kramarski

    Excellent; a steal at this price

    Nicholas Kramarski (verified owner)

    Quick return on my prior order – as detested as the use of this comparison is, found it very Burgundian, Chablis like. Just a touch of oak on on the nose no overly discernible butter/cream notes but lightly layered on the palate and continuously evolving, very precise use of the oak. Lots of acid, minerality, flinty, very clean and edgy – people would gladly pay 40+ for this. Age-able if you like older premier cru Chablis

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  6. Douglas Doolittle

    Michael is always a true craftsman...

    Douglas Doolittle (verified owner)

    The wine was just bottled, so presented itself very young . Age will definitely open the wine and delight those that have jumped into the fray and purchased based on Michael’s solid reputation. It was crisp, good acid balance, and nice fruit. Tasted even better the second day.

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  7. Elizabeth Foster

    I can’t stop drinking this

    Elizabeth Foster (verified owner)

    I was skeptical because I rarely drink California whites. But a friend convinced me to try it and boy am I glad I did. It’s perfectly balanced, very easy drinking, and feels more European than Californian. I bought 6 then came back for a full case.

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  8. Sarah Malarkey

    Innovative sales + terrific wine = yay

    Sarah Malarkey (verified owner)

    We bought a case than purchased another after drinking it for a week. It’s served at dinner every night and we love it. Pre quarantine guests similarly guzzled it down and asked where they could find more. Jump on it while you can.

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  9. John Brooks

    Lovely but really will improve with a little more time in the bottle

    John Brooks (verified owner)

    First off – I love this concept. Looking forward to the next wine offer.
    This is a lovely wine obviously made from quality fruit by a winemaker who knows what they are doing. It is very fresh at the moment (I received ours two days ago). Hence the wonderful notes of clean, crisp chardonnay grape on the nose. It’s a great wine to chill and drink now as you mill around the house looking out the window to the people on the street wrapped up in masks. I find it pairs with spicy or light foods. In a year or two I expect the fruityness to evolve into a richer complexity that will go better with more complex dishes.

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  10. Ann James

    Great Chardonnay

    Ann James (verified owner)

    The wine is excellent, especially for those of us who prefer a rounder style with complexity

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  11. Russell Hague

    My style Chardonnay!

    Russell Hague (verified owner)

    Wow. I was nervous about buying taste unseen. Nice Chrisp Chardonnay with just enough oak to make it linger a little longer in your mouth. No regrets on this purchase!

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  12. Karl Mochel

    Wish there were more....

    Karl Mochel (verified owner)

    A really nicely balanced wine. Well worth it at the average price.

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