Union Sacré 2018 La Marianne Chardonnay Central Coast, California
Before she was the figurehead of the French Republic, symbol of Reason, and model for the Statue of Liberty, la Marianne was an anonymous peasant woman working for the Revolution. She captured the imagination of artists with her regal presence and strength. Although she was just like every other woman, there was an intangible magic about her. Chardonnay is the expected Californian white wine. La Marianne is classically California Chardonnay, but with its own power.
We were first struck by the shape of this vessel which perfectly displays the pale yellow juice and almost feels like it belongs on a bar cart reserved only for top-shelf libations. Turn the bottle around to reveal that the backing of the front label is its own art piece (you'll have to try it to see for yourself). The nose is quintessential chardonnay and hints to what comes next, a pineapple lemon dream on the palate with a kiss of oak and quince.
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