WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Rio Negro, Patagonia
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    9 month in 1st use French oak barrels for 15% and 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels for 85%

92pts Wine Advocate: The 2017 Mainqué Chardonnay is the second white produced with grapes from their own and their partners' vineyards that are worked by their own team, since the wines are organic and biodynamic. It was picked early, as some peaks of extreme heat made the grapes ripen early on while keeping the acidity. It fermented in barrel and didn't go through malolactic, reaching some 13% alcohol. The élevage was 11 months in barrique, in Damy barrels (some new and some used) that they took from Domaine Roulot in Burgundy. This has more up-front fruit, as the soils are deeper, but the common theme with the top Chardonnay is the salinity and the tasty finish lent by the calcareous components of the alluvial soils. Even though I expected this to have a sharper personality, it was more mellow. A worthy debut.

Bodega Chacra was founded in 2003 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta. Piero is the grandson of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, creator of Sassicaia. His grandfather embued in Piero an understanding of fine wines and a respect for and responsibility to nature. He implemented sustainable farming and nature preservation in Bolgheri and was the author of numerous books on the subject.

TASTING NOTES 

Done in ex-Roulot barrels, the 2017 Mainque was picked early as the grapes ripened early but maintained acidity. Fermented in barrel without malolactic, spending 11 months in barrique, this has an up-front fruit, a salinity shared with Chacra Chardonnay, and a tasty finish lent by the calcareous components of the alluvial soil.