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The Clos Pegase Style: It's there as you walk through the grounds. It's there in the cool stillness of the caves. You find it when you round a corner in the vineyard and come face to face with a sculpture that's both beautiful and as disarmingly irreverent as Bacchus himself. And it's there on our label, in Jan's favorite painting from his collection. There, depicted by the great 19th-Century French artist Odilon Redon, is the winged horse, Pegasus, his front hooves rearing toward the heavens, his back hooves firmly planted right here on earth.

Can a winery elevate the craft of winemaking to a fine art: Of course it can. Can a winery dedicate itself as a temple to works of fine art? Why not? But can a winery that does one also achieve the other? Good question. Now, if you were to put that question to Bacchus, god of wine, mischief-maker and generally acknowledged originator of the practice of horsing around, we know just where he'd send you: straight to the horse's mouth.

And not just any horse. He'd send you to Pegasus, the winged horse of ancient myth whose hooves brushed against the earth, unleashing the sacred spring of the muses. Lucky earth. That spring gave life to grapevines, and the wine that flowed from them inspired poetry and art in all who drank it.

To be designated "estate bottled" a wine must be made exclusively from grapes grown in the winery's own vineyards. It's the vineyards and the varieties planted in them that define a great estate winery and a great estate wine. Not every winery chooses to go that route. We wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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Chardonnay, Carneros, Clos Pegase, Sur Lie Fermentation, Mitsukos Vineyard

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Type:  Mitsuko's Vineyard
Style:  Carneros Chardonnay
Country:  United States
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review by . April 26, 2010
   Hey everyone near and far I want to bring another Chardonnay to your attention, this represents the 2nd wine that I've had from this producer and I'm happy to to say, I'm very pleased with it's great taste and complexity.   These terms don't have to be mutually exclusive, but many would like you to think so. Clos Pegase has produced another very good wine for not a lot of money, which in my book is a very good thing and I know you maybe thinking, "geez, …
Quick Tip by . April 26, 2010
It's the intersection of wine and art. And at that crossroads, you'll find something rare and remarkable: balance."
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