75% Chardonnay; 25% Pinot Noir.
Pale straw yellow color. Quite a contrast from the Seduction ’99: higher-pitched, fresher, and more immature: lots of apple skin but much more citrus peel and lime rickey character. More alkaline and chalk with a drier biscuit note. Ginger flowers vs. ginger ale or ginger beer. More a raw bread dough than baked bread … you get the picture. While the ’99 Seduction is fully mature the ’98 Prestige is nowhere near ready. Its firmer. Its acidity does not come of as shrill but a bit marked, a touch rigid. So still a bit pointed and a touch raw: more linear lines and angularity today. Plentiful center bead. Upright mousse. The Seduction ’99 is the wine to drink tonight; its future is now. The ’98 Prestige is the candidate to develop more complexity, nuance and interest. Real potential here; it just needs a decent snooze in the darkest part of your cellar. Now – 2023.