2013 L'Enfant Sauvage Chardonnay

A new vintage of L'Enfant Sauvage is always released with great excitement.  L'Enfant Sauvage is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes hand-harvested from our Brick Kiln and Sculpture Garden vineyards here in Bridgehampton. The grapes are gently whole cluster-pressed, the juice settled overnight and then all new French and Slovenian oak barrels are filled to the top. The ambient/wild/spontaneous (whatever you want to call them) yeast kick in and the wine ferments. The secondary malo-lactic fermentation also happens spontaneously and we leave the wine on its lees until blending and bottling. In the past L'Enfant has spent 13-14 months in oak....beginning with the 2008 and again in 2009 the wine spent 18 months in barrel; in the 2010 vintage our L'Enfant had 20 months to make those barrels home, the 2011 vintage spent 22 months, our 2012 release spent 20 months and this our 2013 spent 22 months in barrel! This way the wine has a chance to live through two winters in wood and as the Burgundians' say "then able to stand on its own two feet".  And the wine? Delicious, rich, elegant, satisfying, juicy, complex, Unique! The 2013 L'Enfant Sauvage is a beautiful clear gold color and possesses clean, youthful flavors and aromas of golden apples, lemon curd, pears, just baked brioche, pineapple, brown baking spices and salty minerals . The wine is dry, full bodied has balanced acidity and alcohol...and a long, complex, persistent finish. The aromas and flavors are fairly intense and long-lasting yet there is restraint, elegance and finesse enrobed in the rich, barrel-fermented style. The wine is just plain yummy and easily competes with the big names from California and Burgundy! One of the very rewarding aspects of L'Enfant is how approachable it is in its youth yet it really is a wine meant for 5-10 years of aging in bottle. It is thrilling to see the wine develop beautifully and still offer remarkable freshness, alivenessand potential for further development at six or eight or ten years of age. As always L'Enfant is a great match for lobster, scallops, truffles, roast chicken, goose, wild salmon, artic char and mushroom dishes. As we like to say, our L'Enfant Sauvage is a wine with a wild treble, a deep bass, a funky rhythm section, unforgettable melodies and beautiful harmony...don't miss the music! On August 7th, 2015 a scant 191 cases were bottled by gravity.