Bodega Chacra - Mainque - Chardonnay

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Bodega Chacra - Mainque - Chardonnay - 2021 - 75cl - Onshore Cellars

Bodega Chacra - Mainque - Chardonnay

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The 2021 Mainqué Chardonnay is the second white here, produced by Jean-Marc Roulot from 40-year-old ungrafted vines in Mainqué in the Lunita property (where they regrafted the vines to Chardonnay), where they work with cover crops, no chemicals and bees. It fermented with indigenous yeasts, 70% in French oak barrels and 10% each in clay amphorae, concrete egg and stainless steel, and it matured for nine months, 70% in barrel and 10% each in concrete and stainless steel. It has the precision and purity of Roulot, which to a certain extent is the result of thorough work with the press. "He sent us the press program," Piero told me. "And we now have two presses. We are learning." When I thought about what was in common between the reds and the whites, I came up with three words: precision, purity and elegance. It has notes of white flowers and a touch of fennel and other aromatic herbs. It was harvested early in the morning and in the season, and the wine is light and refreshing, ethereal, weightless and with purity and precision. It's a delight! 24,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2021.
Type:
White
Country:
Argentina
Region:
Patagonia
Appellation:
Rio Negro
Producer:
Bodega Chacra
Grapes/Blend:
Chardonnay

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Patagonia is a region located in the southernmost part of Argentina, known for its rugged landscapes and extreme weather conditions. Despite its harsh environment, Patagonia has become a promising wine region, producing some of the most unique and...

Patagonia is a region located in the southernmost part of Argentina, known for its rugged landscapes and extreme weather conditions. Despite its harsh environment, Patagonia has become a promising wine region, producing some of the most unique and high-quality wines in the country.

The wine production in Patagonia started in the 1990s, with the arrival of a group of adventurous winemakers who saw the potential of the region's cool climate and well-drained soils. Today, Patagonia is home to some of the most innovative wineries in Argentina, focusing on producing elegant and complex wines that reflect the region's terroir.

The main grape varieties grown in Patagonia are Pinot Noir, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Due to the region's cool climate, the wines produced here are characterized by their freshness, acidity, and delicate aromas. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted grape variety in Patagonia, producing wines with bright red fruit flavors, silky tannins, and a long finish.

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Overall, Patagonia is a region that is worth exploring for wine lovers who are looking for something different and unique. Its wines are a true reflection of the region's rugged beauty and extreme conditions, making them a perfect match for adventurous palates.

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