2013 Summum Chardonnay
13 EVENING LAND CH SUMMUM SEVEN SPRINGS VYD 6/750 13.4%
Summum Chardonnay, like La Source, comes from the old Chardonnay Dijon 76 vines planted in 1984 in the middle of the vineyard. This special two acre cuvee lies slightly higher on the hill than the vines for La Source Chardonnay, the Summum vines are planted in the rockiest and shallowest site on the estate. We were relieved in 2013 to pick all the Chardonnay grapes before the rains in the middle of harvest. The Seven Springs Chardonnays are made in the traditional Burgundian style, with long, gentle pressing of whole clusters and a light settling of the golden juice just before transfer to barrel for spontaneous indigenous fermentation. For Summum (as for La Source), we gave some gentle stirring to the lees during the barrel aging in French oak. Aged in barrels for 11 months with 25% new oak, then further aged in tank for another five months, on lees, before bottling.