The 2019 Béton Chardonnay begins with complex aromas of orange blossom, lime zest, golden apple and nectarine. A sleek yet mouth filling palate delivers vibrant flavors of apricot, melon and citrus, all cascading into a juicy, balanced finish. The concrete influence is most notable in the wine’s dimensional textures, which include a refreshing sense of minerality.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. This 2019 Chardonnay comes from Block 5, which spans five acres. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster pure varietal character in our Chardonnay, while the reliable marine breezes help maintain vibrant acidity right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
Béton is the French word for concrete, reflecting the vision behind this wine: to create an elegant Chardonnay that displays the unique nuances gained from aging the wine exclusively in concrete. The grapes were harvested at night and pressed in the early morning. After cold settling, the juice was fermented in stainless steel over a period of 14 days. The new wine was then racked off the lees and aged for eight months in a 900-gallon concrete tank made from natural washed gravel, sand and well water.
This special selection of 2019 Chardonnay was aged exclusively in a premium 900 gallon concrete tank imported from France, imbuing the wine with intriguing minerality and a beautifully distinctive texture.