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Catena Zapata White Stones Chardonnay 2017
Chardonnay
Argentina

 

Average review score: 96,0

Parker : 97    Suckling : 98    Vinous 96    Robinson : 17    IWR : 95

A wonderful discovery which delights the senses. A nose of peach, associated with quince with a zest of pear, all fleshed out by the complexity of the passage on lees.

Nothing but very classic, you will tell me .... It would be correct if the acidity, minerality and freshness on the palate were not that of a Chablis Grand Cru. How can one imagine that a Chablis, usually elongated and acidic, has the complexity of a great Meursault de Côte d'Or?

Totally improbable, and yet ...

To taste with a ceviche, oysters, langoustines, lobster, scallops or a fish carpaccio.

 

Robert Parker : 97/100

I tasted two vintages of the best whites, 2017 and 2018, and the wines perfectly show the conditions of each of the vintages, which were very different. Harvested very early to compensate for the low yields and the warm end of the maturing season, the 2017 Chardonnay White Stones is a bit more ripe than the 2018, but it is much more subtle and less ripe than I expected. 'a hot year like 2017, which shows that this part of the Adrianna vineyard is able to cushion the effect of temperatures. The palate combines great intensity with a tangy minerality, which is texture and mouthfeel rather than flavor. This wine has an alcohol level of 12.9% and a very good freshness. 6,600 bottles were filled in July 2018.

Luis Gutteriez - October 31, 2019
Maturity: 2019 - 2027

 

James Suckling : 98/100

Aromas of cooked pears, apples, lemons and crushed stones. Salty too. Full and deep with a solid core of fruit and a bright, citric finish. Very mineral and shiny. Starts slowly then takes off. To drink or to keep.

James Suckling - February 20, 2019

 

Vinous : 96/100

Bright light yellow. Penetrating, with multiple facets of lime, stone fruits, spring flowers, spearmint and pastry spices plus an element of complexity of the passage on lees. Wonderfully concentrated, intense and dry, with its white peach, mineral and menthol aromas giving a powerful tactile impression. This Chardonnay has a nice creamy richness, but with its refreshing Riesling-like acidity (7.9 grams / liter) and its powerful minerality, it is today like "chewing a rock". This remarkably complex, age-worthy Chardonnay was vinified from three separate harvests over a two-week period, according to winemaking director A. Vigil. 12.9% alcohol.

Stephen Tanzer - September 2019
Maturity: 2020-2027

 

Jancis Robinson : 17/20 (94/100)

From Gualtallary. 100% Chardonnay, Dijon 76 clone. First vintage in 2005. From stony soils. It has been aged under a thin layer of yeast "for texture and acidity" for 16 months. The influence of yeast is not evident on the nose. (You need 24 months for oxidation, according to Alejandro Vigil of Catena). Mineral, peach nose. Lots of lamb's lettuce, really fresh and lively with a citrus note. 

Jancis Robinson - March 2020
Maturity: 2020-2028

 

International Wine Report : 95/100

The Chardonnay White Stones 2017 comes from a single plot (Block 1) of the Adrianna vineyard which is covered with oval white stones. The wine is aged for 12 to 16 months in French oak barrels and begins with wonderful, complex aromas of quince, citrus, vanilla blossoms, orange zest, crushed stones and even some hints of spice. dusty areas that all grow in the glass. On the palate, it possesses a richly textured mouth feel, which is enhanced by a fantastic combination of crisp acidity and minerality that gives wonderful verve throughout the finish. The "White Stones" is one of the most compelling examples of Chardonnay I have tasted in Mendoza, it brings together an incredible combination of New World fruit with old world minerality, a combination that is rarely achieved. While he is quite fascinating in his youth, he is also expected to age brilliantly for at least a decade.

D'Angelo - January 2020.
Maturity: 2020-2030

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2cl (2 sips)
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The mignonettes are to be kept in the refrigerator in their vacuum packaging and consumed within 48 to 72 hours following their reception.
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