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Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha Chardonnay

Concha y Toro Marqués de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2016

Valle del Limari, ChileThis is extreme Chilean chardonnay from Limari’s Quebrada Seca Vineyard just 29 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. It’s grown on silty clay soils, rich in calcium carbonate and under cool temperatures. Just five percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. Winemaker Marcelo Papa has been pushing the “Marques” range away from the predictable, super-ripe, over-extracted, too much new oak style to a fresher juicy that better represents the grape and the land. Five percent of this wine goes through an acid-flattening malolactic ferment and it spends only 11 months in French oak barrels, now of varying sizes. The attack is svelte with vibrant tropical fruit aromas and flavours before a creamy mid-section kicks in to provide some balance. There is some elegance here but the oak seems more dominant this year and it struggles to work with fruit. Best with richer creamy pastas or roasted chicken.Tasted: 04 January 2018Tasted by: Prices: BC 22.99 BCLS AB 20.00 private wine shops QC 18.60 SAQ ON 19.95 LCBO Producer: Vina Concha y Toro S.A.Distributors: Escalade Wines & Spirits
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 342857UPC: 07804320411149