About the Wine
Founded by Mark Tarlov (Evening Land) and originating in Burgundy, Maison L’Envoyé crafts this region’s wine trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay Noir. Yet from this tenor of focus and commitment, a global fellowship emerged, with terroir-driven Pinot Noir as the linchpin. Driven by the elusive hunt for the world’s finest Pinot Noir sites, Maison L’Envoyé traverses the globe, presenting the many veils of regionality and winemaking style. With winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago, and Tasmania. Mark Tarlov has brought in the expertise of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. Louis-Michel started his Burgundian Domaine in 2000 and is one of the brightest young stars in the region.
Maison L’Envoyé champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. Maison L’Envoyé has been a standout since launching in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming it a ‘Winery To Watch’ in 2015.
Russian River has become one of the most sought after addresses for Californian Chardonnay for good reason – it produces wonderfully expressive fruit with concentrated flavors and high natural acidity. The inaugural Chardonnay release from the Russian River Valley, sourced from two mature vineyard blocks on alluvial loams. The grapes were harvested in the cold of the morning and transported to the winery. Bunches were immediately crushed in an oxygen rich environment and fermented with natural yeasts
Aging: 10 Months in 25% new French Oak
Tasting Notes: 100% Chardonnay. Lifted aromas of citrus blossom, Asian pear, and preserved lemon, with underlying notes of white peach and fresh ginger. The palate is long with impressive depth and breadth. Flavors of dried pear, ripe lemon, custard apple and nuances of toasted cashew are interwoven along a clean, zesty finish.
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