$40.97 per bottle – $39.97 on three or more!
"a dead ringer for good white Burgundy – an amazingly focused, mineral, intense wine, one that most would peg this firmly in Burgundy if ever tasted blind. There is a terrific core of tightly wound fruit, shimmering acidity, beautiful mouthfeel, and complexity and layers into the long finish." Chris Cree MW, Cree Wine Co.
Those of you who know me know I absolutely love the white wines of Burgundy. From the cool, crisp, mineral wines of Chablis, to value priced Bourgogne Blanc and Mâcon Blanc, to the fabled vineyards and amazingly complex wines of Meursault, Puligny and Chassagne, they offer the very best expressions of the Chardonnay grape.
But that is changing! Upstart wineries in the new world are slowly eschewing the full throttle oaky, buttery, warm climate style of Chardonnay and pushing to ever cooler climates craft wines of amazing purity, focus and energy – without the full on oak bomb richness. Wines from Arnot Roberts fit the bill (we have several in stock), and then there is this amazing wine from Argentina.
The Chacra winery is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, with a dry climate, very low humidity on an ancient riverbed composed of limestone, sand, and clay. In 2004, when Piero Incisa della Rocchetta discovered this property and its old vine Pinot Noir planted in 1932 and 1955, he immediately purchased the property. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather, the Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, who 50 years ago took a small, unknown vineyard on the Tuscan coast and created the legendary Sassicaia Super Tuscan, Piero set out to make his mark with Burgundian grape varieties in South America.
While Piero began with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay eventually followed. And that’s where this wine’s pedigree goes off the charts. Beginning in 2017, Bodega Chacra began a partnership with non-other than uber-legendary Burgundy producer Jean-Marc Roulot of Domaine Roulot in Meursault. If you don’t know his wines, don’t get your hopes up. They are super allocated, often only available in the best restaurants or at auction. His Meursaults will set you back hundreds if not thousands of dollars per bottle. But here in Patagonia, Roulot along with Piero are creating a new cult wine legend, but the price hasn’t gone crazy yet!
Conveniently, the opposite growing season of Burgundy and Argentina allow Jean Marc to be involved here, and every decision on the Chardonnay is his. Everything is biodynamic and organic but not yet certified as it takes five vintages.
The Mainque Chardonnay on offer today comes from three parcels with a combination of sand, clay, pebbles, and pebbles covered in calcareous matter. It is fermented in barrel with only 70% malolactic achieved, spending eleven months in mostly second and third use French oak barrels.
The result is a dead ringer for good white Burgundy – an amazingly focused, mineral, intense wine, one that most would peg this firmly in Burgundy if ever tasted blind. There is a terrific core of tightly wound fruit, shimmering acidity, beautiful mouthfeel, and complexity and layers into the long finish.