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Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2014

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"Very serious barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Intense nose with toasted almonds, marzipan and very atractive reductive, smoky notes. Broad palate with nutty complexity, ripe nectarine, a salty twist and superb linear acid structure. Well balanced and structured. Arguably Chile's best Chardonnay." 95 pts Alistair Cooper, Decanter October 2016

Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2012

Product Code: PAP314

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Dry, Rich

Rated 3 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: Chile
  • Region: Itata
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 15%
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Winemaker François Massoc is acknowledged to craft the finest Chardonnays in Chile. This shows enticing aromas of smart toasty oak and dairy elements; followed by a powerful and well-textured mouthful of green fruit with a smoky note. Hugely impressive - a Chilean Meursault? Now-202

Sharing the same cellar as Clos des Fous, at least for the moment, are the two Chardonnays made by François Massoc for the Pandolfi Price family. The latter have Italian lineage and François French, but both are Chilean born and met locally in 2008. Enzo PP bought a farm in cool climate Itata, south of Cauquenes and east of Concepcion, in 2002 which included a vineyard planted on granular, decomposed volcanic soils in the mid 1990s by a local professor of viticulture. The climate here is perfect for Chardonnay, being relatively temperate - the harvest is in April - and plentiful rainfall means no irrigation is needed. Until recently the grapes were all sold, but now the family bottle some of their own wine (for example just 250 dozen of the 2012 Los Patricios) and we have become their very first export customer.

François Massoc, a gentle, thoughtful man, is a master winemaker. 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. He is one of the new gang shaking up the Chilean wine scene, being winemaker at boutique wineries Calyptra and Aristos. What we liked about his work at Pandolfi Price is that here are hand-crafted wines from a great site but without any fancy boutique prices. 

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