Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay 2014

Napa Valley

75cl bottle: £47.95

Case of 6 75cl bottles: £287.70


Montelena Chardonnay put Californian Chardonnay on the map when it knocked the best white Burgundies for 6 in the famous Judgement of Paris tasting organised by Steven Spurrier in 1976. This vintage is a wonderful treat for all of us who love fine white Burgundy. 2014 was sunny, just warm enough, and bountiful – the fundamental, or at least superficial, criteria for a “great” vintage.

89/100 -


Our Tasting Notes

Ripe peach, pear and cloves dominate the nose amidst a flurry of floral and honeysuckle notes. There’s a wonderful fullness and weight on the palate punctuated by ripe melon, green apple, and fresh citrus. The oak contribution remains subtle with a hint of vanilla and baking spice. The density of the wine is readily apparent as grilled pineapple, lychee, and a rich creaminess linger.
Food pairings: perfect accompaniment to seared scallops, grilled seafood, stuffed roast chicken.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 13.5%


In 1976 Chateau Montelena helped put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges were convinced that the top-ranking white wine was one of their own. In fact, it was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay, rated above all other wines. The results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world's finest wines, and that California's wine industry had come of age.Chateau Montelena Winery, originally called A.L. Tubbs winery after its founder Alfred Tubbs, was constructed in 1888 and intended as a barrel-aging facility. The Chateau was unique in materials, plan, size, and style for its era. In nineteenth-century Napa Valley, the majority of wineries were constructed of wood. Instead, the Chateau is made of stone with walls three to twelve feet thick, which provides natural insulation against outside heat or cold. Similarly, the structure built into a hillside, to further regulate temperature - something necessary for producing quality wines but uncommon at the time. Also rare among Napa Valley wineries, the Chateau resembles an English Gothic castle gatehouse complete with rusticated stone walls, battlement with crenels and merlons, narrow arched windows, large arched door in the place of a portcullis, and bartizans with faux arrow slits.


"This is a dreamy creamy white founded in stony mineral and juicy acidity that shows a mix of baked apple, pineapple and melon. A tease of green olive provides a briny, salty edge to its tense balance. A lingering hint of vanilla oak figures prominently on the lengthy floral finish." - 93 points, Virginie Boone, WineEnthusiast