2017 Bodega Chacra Mainque Chardonnay

Origin
The Americas, ARGENTINA
Colour
white
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Chardonnay
Farming Style
organic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
12
Wine Score
91 points, Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, September 2019
92 points, Luis Gutierrez, robertparker.com, June 2018
17 points, Richard Hemming, jancisrobinson.com, March 2019
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Media Reviews

Stephen Tanzer

Bright light yellow. Lively aromas of nectarine and peach are complemented by a sexy leesy nuance. Highly concentrated, savory wine with terrific saline mineral intensity to its rather plush stone fruit and lemon flavors. Densely packed, deep and vibrant, this fully ripe Chardonnay finishes with excellent palate-coating length. (12.5% alcohol; star Meursault winemaker Jean-Marc Roulot consults on Chardonnay at Bodega Chacra) 91 points

Luis Gutierrez

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, and it was not a small cuvée: 11,000 bottles were filled in January 2018. 92 points

Richard Hemming

Neutral fruit then loads of meal, biscuit and dairy character on the palate. Melon and honey on the finish – but totally dry and savoury. Serious and ambitious – very tasty! 17 points

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