2014 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 with no topping until blending and bottling. A decade ago L'Enfant had 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 2013 had 22 months. This release, our 2014 L'Enfant Sauvage, spent 23 months in barrel! This way the wine has a chance to live through two winters in wood and "then able to stand on its own two feet".  The wine is delicious, elegant, satisfying, juicy, wild and complex! The 2014 L'Enfant Sauvage is a beautiful clear gold color and possesses clean, piercing flavors and aromas of apples, lemon curd, pears, just baked brioche, pineapple, brown baking spices and salty minerals. The wine is dry, medium-bodied, has balanced acidity, moderate 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. 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, aliveness and 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, arctic char and mushroom dishes. As we like to say, our 2014 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 September 7th, 2016 a mere 208 cases were bottled by gravity. 6 bottle max per customer.