2017
Legend Vineyard Exclusive

Chardonnay
Description

The LVE Collection by John Legend is the perfect harmony of passion, eloquence and Napa Valley tradition, LVE wines are a unique series of rich, soulful and complex notes inspired by true love, produced in collaboration with Napa Valley’s renowned Raymond Vineyards. Legend Vineyard Exclusive was a dream long in the making. As with his music, John searched for the right collaborator, a vineyard whose pursuit of the perfect blend and standards of excellence equaled his own. With roots deep in the Napa Valley and award-winning wines known for beautiful balance, finesse and power, Raymond Vineyards was the perfect match. LVE brings together classic elegance, rich complexity and modern soul.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Our 2017 LVE Chardonnay is toasty and balanced, It’s rich nose delivers aromas of white fruits, gardenia and honeyed oak.

Palate: 

 Full, rich and long on the palate, it’s reminiscent of crème brulée and toasted brioche.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

A mix of Dijon and Clone 4, the fruit for our Chardonnay comes from two vineyards in Carneros. The first vineyard is on a sloping hillside with deep soils weathered from sandstone and shale which yields aromatic fruit with a nice acidity. Some consider this the best area in Napa Carneros. The second vineyard is on alluvial soil on the valley floor which produces grapes with weight and flesh. Together, the fruit harmonizes to great a well-balanced Chardonnay. The wine was 100% barrel fermented in a mix of Francois Frere and Saury oak barrels – 32% new – for 10 months before bottling. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation with a mix of native and inoculated ferments.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Carneros
  • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • pH: 3.57
  • TA:  5.4 g/L
  • Ageing:
    •  11 Months
    • 100% French oak 
    • 38% New 
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Lemon-Roasted Lean Chicken Cuts, Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell
Cheese & Nuts:
Light Cheddar
Fruits & Vegetables:
kiwi
Sauces:
Cream Sauces – butter
SKU:
LECHN173
$45