Jolie Laide, Melon de Bourgogne Rodnick Farm Vineyard Chalone 2019Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Melon de Bourgogne
Scott Schultz, the brainchild behind Jolie Lade wines, had made the journey all over the wine world before starting Jolie Lade. With stints as wine director for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, and former assistant winemaker for Pax Wines, this formulated the plan for his future winemaking endeavors. Jolie Lade is a loose term for Pretty-Ugly, a French term that lends itself well to the unconventionally beautiful styles of Scott Schultz. He takes classic French varieties, many of them uncommon in the states, and raises them to be beautiful wines. Scott is a one-man operation (of both hands and feet) and does it well.
Melon de Bourgogne has uprooted from Muscadet in the Loire Valley, and now grows in a high altitude vineyard in California. The site is known as Rodnick Farm where it overlooks Monterey, California near the coast. In Muscadet, it would be standard to find fossilized oysters in the soils beneath the vines, but in this Cali site is decomposed granite and limestone from an extinct volcano. This is a perfect place for this Melon to thrive. The grapes are whole cluster fermented and then age for six months in concrete eggs on their lees. Chalky minerality and texture, citrus and acidity marry in this bottle.