Our Founder’s Block Chardonnay comes exclusively from this historic block and includes our Proprietary Chalk Hill Clone 97 Chardonnay, which was developed in partnership with UC Davis between 1996-2001. During this time, Chalk Hill conducted one of the largest and longest maintained Chardonnay clonal trials in California and in doing so cemented its legacy as a producer of luxury Chardonnays. Chalk Hill is the only vineyard to grow this clone, so it is truly a one-of-a-kind Chardonnay.
The 2020 Founder’s Block Chardonnay is the pinnacle Chardonnay in the Chalk Hill portfolio only made in truly exceptional vintages on our estate. First planted in 1974, this block was replanted in 2014 by taking bud wood from the original vines. The 2020 vintage marks the first wine made from these replanted vines; this special parcel produces extremely small yields of berries that are noteworthy for their great concentration, balance and complexity. .
This chardonnay reflects 100% native yeast and is unfined and unfiltered. This “hands off” approach allows the grapes and vines to shine. After 13 months in 100% new French oak, the Founder’s Block Chardonnay exhibits a richness, marked by ripe pear, baked apple, and baking spices, producing rounded layers and texture.