In 1976 Chateau Montelena helped put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris.
Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines.
The bouquet draws you in with aromas of ripe peach, green apple, and honeydew followed by a touch of vanilla, lavender and orange blossom, and star jasmine. The palate is rich and flesh and loaded with layers of kiwi, grapefruit, and soft minerality - all complemented by subtle sweet oak.