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Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2021

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Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2021

Unoaked, but given weight and creaminess by extended ageing on the lees. This is such a classy wine, similar to, though better value than, a very superior Mâcon. Honeyed aromas over lime depths. Beautifully ripe, showing a panoply of green... Read More

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Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2021

ColourWhite

RegionItata

GrowerPandolfi Price

Grape VarietyChardonnay

Vintage2014

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePAP121

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of the most-widely planted varieties in the world.

Arguably not the most characterful grape, hence its common ageing in oak, yet at its pinnacle in Burgundy it produces some of the greatest (and certainly most expensive) white wines in the world. Look out for unoaked Chardonnay, it can make a pleasant change, and usually goes down very well with all those people who...

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Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2021

Unoaked, but given weight and creaminess by extended ageing on the lees. This is such a classy wine, similar to, though better value than, a very superior Mâcon. Honeyed aromas over lime depths. Beautifully ripe, showing a panoply of green fruits with notes of fresh pineapple and tangerine. Generous weight – a creamy nuttiness. Great drive and a super fresh finish. Now-2026

Why are the Pandolfi Price Chardonnays so good? First, the climate in Itata, some 250 miles south of Santiago and near the cool Pacific coast, is perfect for Chardonnay. It’s relatively temperate - the harvest is in April - and plentiful rainfall negates the need for irrigation. Second, especially by Chilean standards, these are old wines, planted in the mid 1990s on granular, decomposed volcanic soils. Third, winemaker François Massoc is probably the most adept in Chile with the grape: he also makes the Aristos Chardonnay, amongst the grandest in the country. Born just down the road in Concepcion, he spent years studying in Dijon and making wine in Burgundy before returning to Chile. He assists with advice in the vineyard, chooses the best parcels for the family’s wine, likes to work with long, slow fermentations, and knows barrels backwards.

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