Not long ago we wrote about the New California Icons – a fresh generation of acclaimed west-coast wines. This week saw the 2018 release of one of the most sought-after, the Chardonnay from Kongsgaard. A winery that has been producing truly outstanding wines since 1996.
John Kongsgaard defied convention at the time by making wines in a Burgundian style. Uncompromising in his approach he consistently makes some of the best Chardonnay in California, elegant and full bodied with fantastic ageing potential. He only selects the best fruit from low yielding vines, vinifies with indigenous yeasts and ages in French oak, this is truly low intervention approach, as such, very little is made.
Kongsgaard Chardonnays are at the forefront of Napa wines, and consistently achieve high praise.
Tasting from barrel The Wine Advocate critic Lisa Perroti-Brown awarded 93-95 points to the 2018 commenting:
“The palate has electric intensity, with a refreshing line of racy acid cutting through the tightly wound stone fruit and spicy layers“ she goes on referencing the founder of the Wine Advocate, "Robert Parker once called Kongsgaard’s technique 'The Death & The Resurrection.' Clearly, it works—these classically forged Chardonnays are consistently jaw-droppingly incredible.”
The wines are normally allocated owing to minute production levels. However, owing to a bumper crop in 2018 there was a little more to go around, yet these wines still remain as rare as hen’s teeth. However, they are still great value especially when you are able to source on release.
Kongsgaard’s Chardonnays tick all the boxes when it comes to the different wine buyers, they are amazing wines to drink, exciting to collect owing to their rarity. And they are investable, the 2018 was released at £990 under bond per case (12x75), the previous vintage (2017) is now trading at over £1,200.
We at Roberson love these Chardonnays and cannot recommend them highly enough, we do have a few cases available so please do get in touch with Private Client Manager Patrick Robinson if you would like any secured.