91 Insider Points
The 2013 Chardonnay from Los Clop is approachable and drinking way above its price tag. Fresh peach and melon notes jump from the glass, leading to a palate of fresh juicy tree fruit and a zesty lemon acidity. Minimal oak is used, allowing for the bright fruit to shine through to the crisp and refreshing finish. Enjoy now through 2018. - DZ July 2016
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A golden ray of sunshine in a glass, this new wave Argentinian Chardonnay is clean and fresh with a lively tropical fruit and citrus flavor. Los Clop’s grapes are grown in the high altitude, cooler Andean region of Mendoza, more specifically in the Maipú area, where Chardonnay has adapted exceptionally well. Our new favorite from this bodega, it’s quite a different style from the popular butter-on-toast Chardonnays. The 2013 Los Clop Chardonnay is closer to Burgundy than California in profile and should be paired with lobster, salmon or sea scallops.
Argentina’s Chardonnay has created a flavor revolution for one of the world’s most popular white grapes, and utilizing the outstanding winemaking skills of Emilio Oswaldo Selada, Los Clop family vineyard is one of its leading premium producers. Mendoza’s appropriately poor, rocky soil adds a note of minerality to the taste and due to the crisp acidity of the Los Clop Chardonnay, the wine will age pleasingly.
Things to know:
Surrounded by over 1,000 vineyards, the tree-lined capital city of Mendoza mixes modern architecture with art deco buildings. The center of town is the Plaza Indepencia, the site of year-round concerts. The Bodega La Rural Wine Museum with over 4,500 items chronicles the history of Argentina’s wine industry. Mendoza Capital is also home to 1884, the flagship restaurant of one of Argentina’s star chefs, Francis Mallman. A master of wood-fired grilling, Mallman’s offerings are paired with some of the region’s finest wines.
According to The New York Times, Argentina’s financial crash in 2002 was actually a boon for the country’s wine industry (70% of which remains centered in the Mendoza region). The devaluation of the peso meant that winemakers could deliver high-quality vintages at low prices. Real estate prices also fell, and a rush of investors came to Mendoza to purchase prime vineyards at a fraction of their previous worth.
The wine shows an intense straw yellow color with greenish highlights. The wine offers concentrated aromas of ripe citrus and honeyed tropical fruits with notes of peaches, white flowers, and spicy vanilla. On the palate, citrus and stone fruit flavors abound followed by flavors of pear and ripe melon with vanilla, sweet spice, and toast. The finish is fresh and crisp leaving traces of minerality on the palate that entice one to another sip.
Bodega de Los Clop has a rich history dating back to 1880, when a Spanish immigrant, Jose Clop, along with his family settled in Argentina. Ever since then, the Clop family has been pursuing their dream of making the perfect wine. 132 years later, Jose’s great grandchildren continue the tradition and oversee 350 hectares of vineyards in Maipu and San Martin, Argentina. Over the years, their wines have been lauded with numerous awards both at home and internationally.
Pairs well with most fish, lobster, crab, chicken, and even many pork preparations. Particularly recommended with dishes using sauteed wild mushrooms or butter sauces. This wine will age well for years in a cellar.