Constance, the heroine and ‘petite amie’ of D’Artagnan in Dumas’ novel, The Three Musketeers, is loyal confidante to the Queen and holds her secrets of life and death. Winemaker Yannick Rousseau’s new embodiment of Napa Valley Chardonnay is aptly named for its expressive, yet gentle and sleek qualities.
On the nose, Constance comes across as charmingly luscious. Its bouquet centers around guava, quince, peach, and honeysuckle, with a whiff of a stone garden path after a morning rain. Take a sip, and its character reveals another dimension: tangy, crisp brightness and crystalline acidity. The two sides complement each other, creating a beautiful harmony.
No malolactic fermentation, aging on the lees with no stirring for 10 months in 30% stainless steel tank and 70% 2nd and 3rd year French oak barrels.
92 Points, Wine Enthusiast