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Chacra Mainque Chardonnay 2022
Chacra Mainque Chardonnay 2022

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Bottle-size : 75cl

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Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires. It is roughly equidistant from the Andes and the Atlantic. In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta of the renowned winemaking family responsible for the creation and success of Tenuta San Guido (Sassicaia), purchased the first of vineyard land, which is now Chacra. At the time the property contained an existing, albeit abandoned vineyard planted over seventy years ago in 1932. Piero was called from his multigenerational Italian winemaking family to the southern hemisphere, compelled by the goal to produce world-class Pinot Noir from uncharted territory.

This singular vineyard at Chacra is of thick, pure, gnarled Pinot Noir vines, plants from their own rootstock producing tiny bunches of small, concentrated berries which are harvested by hand. No automation or mechanization is employed at any stage of the production process. The grapes are refrigerated to preserve the freshness of their fruit, and then hand de-stemmed and sorted before being moved to cement tanks for fermentation.

Winemaking continues at Chacra with an organic and biodynamic approach, in the most natural manner and the first wine vinified at the estate is “Treinta y Dos.” When the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred off the skins into small French oak barrels in the most gentle manner possible, by gravity, without pressing or filtering. Bottling takes place around the first week of March without fining or filtration. The objective is for the oak, the fruit and the nuances of the soil to marry perfectly so that the influence of the wood is nearly imperceptible in the wine and the vine and character of the land are expressed to their fullest.

The second vintage of the first white wine is the 2018 Mainqué Chardonnay, produced with the help of Jean-Marc Roulot from Meursault. The fermentation of 65% of the volume was in oak barrels (35% of them new), and the remaining 35% was in concrete egg. There is more sand in the vineyards here than in the one for the Chacra Chardonnay, where they find more clay and some limestone. They picked around the 4th of February, a little earlier than in 2017 despite the fact that 2017 was much warmer; it was quite early and the wine is 12.5% alcohol. The white wines have the Roulot signature of purity and precision. The grapes were very healthy to start with. They go through a sorting table, are pressed, settled for 24 hours and then placed in Burgundy barrels. There was no 100% malo, but it was not a choice; it just happened like that. It has textbook aromas of barrel-fermented Chardonnay and has a sharp and long palate with the signature salinity and length that makes it so tasty. This is a great follow-up to the initial 2017. 13,000 bottles were produced. Wine Advocate 93 (2018)

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