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Maître de Chai Chardonnay 2021

Maître de Chai Chardonnay 2021

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Where: Central Coast, California
Grapes: Chardonnay
Body: Medium / Full
Category: White Wine

Planted in the 70s on limestone, this Chardonnay shows notes of dried pear with a savory and acidic finish. 

From the winemaker,

Wheeler Vineyard Chardonnay was planted in 1974 on AXR1 rootstock. Planted on a gravelly alluvial terrace located a stone's throw from the town of Tres Pinos in the San Benito AVA. 2021 was our first vintage working with this historic site and couldn't be happier with the wine. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral oak barrels producing a powerful textured Chardonnay with all the acidity you'd expect from a cool climate, old vine vineyard such as Wheeler.

organic //  native yeasts // low sulfites added // vegan
2021  //  750ml 


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Maître de Chai translates to cellar keeper, or the person responsible for the development and aging of wine, and, by extension, the person who manages the winery. Established in 2012, Maître de Chai — also known as MDC — is the personal project of Marty Winters and Alex Pitts who met while working at Cyprus restaurant in Sonoma. They have worked in some of California’s top kitchens — including Quince, and the French Laundry.

As with many younger winemakers in California, MDC does not own vineyards, but Alex and Marty do have close relationships with all the growers they work with and in some cases are able to farm the vineyards themselves. Their winemaking is hands-off: nothing added, nothing taken away (Alex is the assistant winemaker at Scholium Project). All fermentations are carried out by natural yeasts, sulfur is kept to a minimum, most wines are bottled without fining or filtering. Together they look to make wines of high quality in a way that best showcases the sense of place where the grapes are grown and the personality of the vineyard.