Maker: Chateau Chantal, Traverse City, Michigan, USA
Grape: Riesling (100%)
Place of origin: Chateau Chantal estate, Old Mission Peninsula AVA, Michigan, USA
Notes: .2% residual sugar, 3.1 pH
Thanks to Cortney for tracking down additional information for me!
Purchased for $30 (Michigan by the Bottle, Auburn Hills)
Appearance: Medium gold.
Nose: Lychee, lemonade, limestone.
Palate: Medium-bodied and quite dry. Fresh picked pears, medium-tart apple, sage, gravel dust.
Finish: Long and drying. Lemon thyme.
Parting words: Chateau Chantal is one of the oldest estates on the Old Mission Peninsula and in Northern Michigan wine country. Founded in 1983 by Nadine and Robert Begin (a former nun and former priest respectively) as Begin Orchards, it was incorporated as a winery in 1991 and named after their daughter Marie-Chantal (now the winery CEO).
The vineyard this wine and its sister wine the 30 Year Vineyard Anniversary Reserve Chardonnay, come from a vineyard on the estate planted in 1986. Luckily for the Chateau, the 2016 vintage was a stellar one, so the anniversary can be celebrated properly with two (or more?) wonderful wines.
Thirty-year-old vines are pretty old for Michigan, due to the climate and youth of the wine industry in the state. This wine shows the characteristics one would hope for in an old vine selection. It has complexity, depth and a surprising intensity. It tastes great now, especially with food, but with another year or two in the cellar the flavors should intergrate a little better to make a truly great wine.
So drink now or cellar? Yes. Head up to Chateau Chantal or to the Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room in Auburn Hills (the only two places to find this wine) and grab yourself two or more bottles. Hurry though, this wine was produced in very limited quantities! Chateau Chantal 30 Year Vineyard Anniversary Reserve Riesling is recommended.
Look for a review of the Chardonnay in the near future.