2019 Savaterre Chardonnay -
"Light to mid-yellow colour, bright, with a complex, nutty, toasty, gentle smoky bouquet that leads into a richly layered, full-bodied palate that tracks the bouquet closely. Oak and lees characters play a leading role but aren't overdone. Delicious buttery richness on the palate, the fruit-sweetness splicing with savoury elements and leading into a tremendously long, satisfying finish that's beautifully balanced and appetising. A glorious chardonnay.
Rated : 97 Points "
"Powerful, concentrated and displaying soaring complexity, with precise clusters of berries, white butterscotch, gingerbread crumbs, glossy ripe peaches and red apples. Long, effortless and with a sensuous finish.
Rated : 97 Points "
Decanter World Wine Awards 2021 - Platinum Medal
" I like this a little better than the 2019 Giaconda. A bit more finesse and sense of decorum, though of course, somewhat different in style. Slight flinty smoky sulphide top note, McVitie's digestive biscuit, or oatmeal, looking sideways at tropical fruit, ripe lime and flowers, spice and preserved lemon. Tight, intense, chalky grip, lime and honey, flinty and stony, mouth-watering acidity, long and juicy, and slightly toasty and clove-spiced to close. Magic. Flavour and texture - 96 Points"
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
My Tasting Notes -
A great vintage subtly improving on the stunning 2018.
Complex, powerful and precise.
Intense aromas of toasted hazelnuts, white nectarine, citrus flower with a powerful minerality. This is a wine that continues to evolve upon pouring.
The palate is intensely concentrated. Flavours of pear, pink grapefruit, white peach, praline and toasted hazelnuts are highlighted by the core of fine acidity. Saline oyster shell and mineral texture persist through the long finish.
A wine of prodigious aroma, texture, intensity and length.
This has Grand Cru intensity.
Will continue to improve over the next 8 – 12 years.