About the Wine
Littorai's philosophy revolves around crafting wines that encapsulate the uniqueness of each vineyard. They understand that the essence of a place is irreplaceable. The pursuit of low yields, careful site selection, and hands-on farming drive their winemaking journey. For Littorai, winemaking is a harmonious dance with nature, allowing the vineyard to speak its truth.
Behind Littorai's exceptional wines stand two remarkable individuals, Ted and Heidi Lemon. Their journey began with an Enology degree from the Université de Dijon and extended to prestigious wineries across the world. From Burgundy's vineyards to California's landscapes, they embraced a philosophy rooted in terroir-driven winemaking. Their legacy of finesse, balance, and dedication shines through every bottle.
In 1992, Ted and Heidi embarked on a quest to find the finest conditions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their passion led them to the coastal hills of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, where Littorai was born. Starting with limited resources but boundless determination, they produced their initial wines. Today, Littorai stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment to the land. This cult-status winery is one of the most celebrated estates in California and the world.
Littorai's commitment goes beyond winemaking. They are pioneers of generative agriculture, a paradigm that harmonizes human existence with nature's rhythms. Recognizing humanity's role in the environment, they strive to create farms that contribute positively to their surroundings. This philosophy ushers in a new era of responsible stewardship.
Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
Aromas of ripe pear, apple and dried flower. Lemon rind as well. Full body, phenolic textured and deep. Big wine that remains very agile on its feet. Drink or hold. ~95 James Suckling
The 2014 Chardonnay B.A. Thieriot Vineyard is youthfully subdued at this early stage, offer suggestions of peach blossoms, grapefruit peel and yuzu, plus hints of allspice and beeswax. Light to medium-bodied and quite taut, the intensity of citrus and stone fruit is almost electric, with a lively backbone and long, mineral-laced finish. ~95 Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard is delicate, nuanced and expressive, with a slight hint of reduction that is present, but not at all overpowering. Translucent delicate and striking in its beauty. Slate, white orchard fruit, mint and white pepper give the 2014 its signature energy and high toned personality. This is another exquisite, highly nuanced Chardonnay in a range from Littorai full of highlights. ~95 Vinous
~94 The Wine Front
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