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A MONARCH EXCLUSIVE
2018 Division Wine Co. 'Trois' Chardonnay
If you want to accuse me of being a European wine snob, I would have to agree. My education and career are rooted in the old-world. One spin around Monarch proves this, as our new-world selections are relegated to only a few shelves in the back of the shop.
Each time I taste domestic wine, I immediately compare it to its European counterpart. Can I find a European wine that delivers this same experience? If the answer is yes, I will usually pass on the wine. Maybe I'm too hard on domestic wine, but it has to REALLY SHINE, to stand on its own.
Today's wine does just that. One of the most tantalizing American Chardonnays I have ever tasted. Today, I'm proud to offer the only bottles of 2018 Division Wine Co. 'Trois' Chardonnay in South Carolina!
Tom Monroe is one of our favorite people, especially in the wine business. He's just the kind of winemaker we love: smart, attentive, and immensely talented. But also humble, soft spoken and is quicker to ask a question than give an unsolicited answer.
Along with Kate Norris, he started Division Wine Co. after winemaking tours in Beaujolais, the Loire Valley and Burgundy. Together they craft a beautiful range of wines in their Portland based winery, sourcing fruit from nearby Willamette Valley and using a deep knowledge of classic French wines as their muse. They strive to make balanced wines with minimal intervention, so it’s no surprise they’ve found a home on our shelves.
Trois Chardonnay is sourced from the Johan Vineyards on the coastal edge of the Willamette Valley. Biodynamically grown on marine sediment over granite bedrock. Native yeast fermented in a combination of used and one new French oak barrel.
The nose is clean, fresh and lean with Asian pear, Meyer lemon, yellow flowers and a touch of flinty smoke. Crisp, clean and salty on the palate with cardamom and baking spice adding complexity. WORLD class.