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2011 Peter Michael Belle Cote Chardonnay

ITEM 8022603 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at auction

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
youle 1 $89 $89 OT
soyho 2 of 3 $88 $176 OT
armmu 0 of 1 $85 $0
3 $85
Item Sold Amount Date
I8022603 1 $89 Dec 12, 2021
I8022603 2 $88 Dec 12, 2021
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RATINGS

93Vinous / IWC

A wild, intense bouquet displays scents of candied lemon, pear, jasmine & iodine with a strong saline component & a hint of anise. Smoky, penetrating & deeply concentrated orchard & citrus fruit... outstanding clarity & persistence.

92-94The Wine Advocate

...big, broad-shouldered frame. Orange blossoms, honey, wild flowers, mint & sage all take shape in the glass. A decidedly savory Chardonnay, the 2011 impresses for its complexity. Intensely aromatic notes reappear on the finish.

91Wine Spectator

Very tight, with a compact core of ripe apple, spice, honeydew melon and ripe fig flavors.

PRODUCER

Peter Michael

Of the many stories that accompany the founding of Napa Valley wineries, the story of the Peter Michael Winery is one of the most colorful and unexpected. Peter Michael was born in England, where he led several successful technology companies before being knighted in 1989 in recognition of his career in technology and other industries. In the same year he and his wife Maggie founded Peter Michael Winery in Calistoga. From the beginning it was Peter Michael’s mission to produce limited quantities of Chardonnay and a proprietary red that blended Old World winemaking with New World terroir. He has a talent for attracting talent, and some of the best winemakers in the Napa Valley have worked for him, including Helen Turley and Mark Aubert. All Peter Michael’s premier wines are bottled without filtration. There are 112 acres of vines, growing Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. About 100,000 bottles are produced annually. Winemaker is Nicolas Morlet, a native of Champagne and brother of Luc Morlet, Peter Michael’s former winemaker.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.