The Jeanne Marie label was created by David Gordon, one of New York’s first recognized sommeliers, and the person responsible for the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine list at Manhattan’s famed Tribeca Grill restaurant.
Gordon, who is self-taught, began learning about wine in the 1980s just as Kevin Zraly was beginning to educate America on the world of wine. At the time, there were very few non-French somms working in the city and the British-born Court of Master Sommeliers was in its infancy.
While he tasted and learned about the best wines on the planet, which included expensive Burgundies and Rhône wines, Gordon always kept the consumer top of mind. “House” Cab and Chard were big sellers at the restaurant, so he set out to meet that demand with a genuine product that would deliver consistent quality.
“I started the Jeanne Marie line as a fun, cool thing to do,” says Gordon. “There really weren’t any wines associated with sommeliers at the time. Now there are many, but these were definitely among the first.”
Wines bearing the Jeanne Marie label, much like David Gordon himself, are welcoming and unpretentious.
|Jeanne Marie Chardonnay California 2021|
|$28.95 per bottle ($347.40/case)|
The first Chardonnay vintage was 1992, released in 1994. Today, all the wines are sourced from top producers who have provided high-quality fruit at a fair price year after year. Gordon has kept to his original promise that wines with the Jeanne Marie label will always be affordable and delicious.
Named for his wife, the “Jeanne Marie” line sources grapes from premier winegrowing regions in northern and central California. Their 2021 chardonnay comes from the Central Coast. Fermented in stainless steel (80%) and in barrel (20%) before aging for 10 months in oak. Medium-bodied and balanced, it offers restrained vanilla, pear, and apple aromas and a palate that is both fruity and buttery.
Nicholas Pearce Wines is a Good Food Fighter.
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