Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Entrechuelos Chardonnay 2015 13.5%, Miguel Domecq

Bright clean glinting pale gold, legs.
Very Chardonnay, gently generous with traces of almond, butter, apricot and yellow plum. Very fresh and nicely balanced by a noticeable minerality from the albariza.
Elegant and poised with a gentle texture and a certain richness counterbalanced by a slightly chalky minerality. Very Chardonnay, yes, but very slightly leaner thanks to that clean minerally albariza streak. It is a jolly good wine with decent length.
Having spent 25 years as an executive at his family's famous Domecq Sherry and brandy firm, Miguel chose another winemaking venture after the family sold out in 1994. He bought 32 hectares of land with albariza soil in the Torrecera area on the southern outskirts of Jerez, where in 2003 he planted vineyards with Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. He also has a little Tintilla de Rota, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Verdot. With every vintage the vines are older and the wines better. The winery, which has all mod cons and uses exclusively French oak, is capable of producing 250,000 bottles, The Chardonnay grapes are picked at night for maximum freshness and the wine is aged in bottle for three months before sale. This is the standard Chardonnay with its new and improved label but there is an oak aged more upmarket version called Alhocen. All the wines are Vinos de la Tierra de Cadiz.
Around 6 euros

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