Argot Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma Mountain
Argot Wines
United States - California - Sonoma Mountain

"Le Rayon Vert", the phenomenon which occurs as the sun dips below the horizon, and a brilliant green flash occurs when sunlight prisms through Earth's atmosphere. Jules Verne wrote "a green which no artist could ever obtain on his palette”, akin to the ethereal, green halo all truly pedigreed Chardonnays radiate from the glass.

The wine comes from two hillside sites—Richard Dinner and Steiner Vineyard—that reside on the slopes of Sonoma Mountain. A powerful terroir whose wines deliver impressive fruit character, while retaining dazzling acidity and verve.

Le Rayon Vert sings from the glass like a freshly opened stick of Wrigley's gum. Both intense and vibrant, the full-bodied palate delivers Granny Smith apple and stone fruits; confections of custard and sticky vanilla bean; animated by bursts of spearmint and pine forest.

Sonoma Mountain
Wine Type
100% Chardonnay
Age of vines
Average 25 years
Agricultural Practices
Soil type
various soil type
Direct press to barrel (60% new French Oak barrels) for fermentation by native yeasts. Ages on heavy lees for 14 months, finished in steel for 2 months.
250 (9-liter cases)

Very versatile, goes with almost everything, fish, poultry, pasta primavera, grilled vegetables, or by itself. 

Reviews and News

2019 Argot Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma Mountain - 93 PTS - WS

2019 Argot Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma Mountain - 93 PTS - WS

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Showcases well-knit apple, Asian pear and white currant flavors, with accents of dried mint and tarragon. Toasty in the midpalate, with a finish that lingers on and is marked by crushed stone. Drink now through 2025. 325 cases made. - Kim MARCUS"

- Wine Advocate (April 30th 2022), 93 pts

2019 Argot Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma Mountain - 93 PTS - JD

2019 Argot Chardonnay Le Rayon Vert Sonoma Mountain - 93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"There are a scant 320 cases of the 2019 Chardonnay Le Rayon-Vert, which hails from the Sonoma Mountain AVA and spent 14 months in 70% new French oak. It offers a lighter, grey-tinged gold hue as well as an old school nose of crushed citrus, tart peach, hazelnuts, crushed stone, and white flowers. Beautiful on the palate as well, it has a crisp, pure texture, some notable reduction, nicely integrated acidity, and outstanding length. It's a beautiful Chardonnay to enjoy over the coming 3-5 years. Give it a decant if drinking any time soon."

- Jeb DUNNUCK (September 30th 2021), 93 pts

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