Errazuriz know how to make great wine, arguably the best in Chile, certainly some of the best in the world. They are responsible for Chile’s first 100 point wine, Vinedo Chadwick 2014 – followed by the stunning Sena, awarded 100 points in 2015, yet had long before cemented its reputation for greatness worldwide. Having mastered those two wines, their savoire faire now turns to their brilliant Aconcagua Costa ‘Las Pizarras’ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2017 has been awarded a sensational 99 points from James Suckling and 94 from Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate. Such scores from Burgundy would cause a frenzy at twice the price, yet at £340 makes it an utter no-brainer for any Pinot Noir lover. The value is commanding! Only 830 cases were made worldwide, so we are thrilled to be able to offer it today.
The Pizarras Chardonnay has been described by winemaker Franciso Bateig as ‘the best wine he has ever made’. In 2017 it was awarded 98 points from James Suckling, a stunning score. It also received 98 points from Luis Gutierez who says it all; ‘It’s more like a Meursault than a Chablis this time, with great length, and I couldn’t help but think of the whites from Jean-Marc Roulot when tasting this. It’s a monumental mineral white, with the coastal freshness and the slate tastiness… This is hands down the best vintage of Las Pizarras and the best Chardonnay I’ve ever tasted from Chile. As an American friend of mine would say, it’s awesome beyond belief! An imperious reward for a wine that gives leading Burgundy a run for its money: much more money’. The price today on release is £230, which gives it, like the Pinot Noir, a Price Over Points score of 25.5 and is even more incredulous as 580 cases were made. The two wines are unmissable quality both embodying the poise, structure, power and elegance of a Grand Cru Burgundy.
The Estate’s winemaking is based on the mantra of their forefather, Don Maximiano who posited that “from the best land, the best wine”. This rings true for these two wines, that both derive from Errazuriz’s Aconcagua Costa Estate. The Estate spent years mapping the property in collaboration with the French Geologist Francoise Vannier-Petite. Working together they highlighted a set of vineyards that had a high component of metamorphic rock, with a high preponderance of the hugely desirable schist which is extremely rare in Chile. In fact, it is from the Spanish word for schist, or slates (pizarra) that the name of the wine derives.
The winemaking regime for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is Burgundian as are the wines themselves. The grapes are hand-picked, double-sorted, softly destemmed and crushed. After cold-soaking for 3-7 days, they are fermented with native yeasts to maximise the local character and complexity. The Pinot Noir’s plantings were taken from the 777 Pinot Noir clone, which were originally sourced from Morey St Denis, in the Cote d’Or.
The two wines are too good to miss, so we have a special offer of £540 for one of each. Quantities are very limited, as one can imagine from the amount they produce for the globe!
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