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Home >> Chardonnay >> 1993 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard
1993 Marcassin Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard
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Size=750 ml, RP[97]

"The exquisite 1993 Chardonnay Lorenzo Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast reveals a smoky, buttered, roasted hazelnut, ripe orange-scented nose, full body, an exceptionally impressive, layered, concentrated mouthfeel, and gorgeous purity and length. Only a handful of the greatest burgundies (i.e., Coche-Dury's 1986 and 1990 Corton-Charlemagnes, Leroy's 1989 Puligny-Montrachet Les Folatieres, and Michel Niellon's 1985, 1986, and 1989 Batard-Montrachet) can match the spectacular level of complexity and quality Marcassin's 1993 Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay has achieved. If the Hudson is capable of lasting 6-8 years, the Lorenzo should drink well for at least 3-5 years, but who can now resist it? The three 1993 Marcassin Chardonnays are profoundly complex, rich, super-concentrated Chardonnays that are neither heavy nor flabby. Bottled without fining or filtration, they are all extraordinary examples of this varietal. I utilize nearly all of my allocation each year in blind tastings with Burgundy experts, placing the Marcassin wines in vinous confrontations with France's greatest Montrachets, Chevalier-Montrachets, Batard-Montrachets, and Corton-Charlemagnes. Most of the time the Marcassin wines run away with top honors from other tasters who are admitted Burgundy wine fanatics. There are no secrets to Marcassin's success. Low yields, a non-interventionist winemaking philosophy that eschews any type of processing in favor of wild yeasts, and no acidification, fining, or filtration combine in a magical manner to produce intense wines of razor sharp clarity and complexity." - Robert Parker, robertparker.com (Jun 29, 1995)