Overview of the Wine
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia. The property’s location in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic. The climate is dry, with a maximum humidity of thirty percent and an average of seven inches of rainfall annually. This aridity, coupled with the natural barrier of the surrounding desert, results in a complete absence of phylloxera and vine diseases.
Chacra was created in 2004 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, whose grandfather started the legendary Sassicaia Winery in Tuscany. Pieros’ intention was to find the most unobstructed expression of the climate, micro-climate, and terroir of Mainqué in the Río Negro region of Patagonia. Respecting the environment by following biodynamic and organic principles, Piero strives to make wines that are transparent, pure, delicate, and floral with a strong minerality.
In Patagonia, a “chacra” is a special piece of land separated by canals that bring snowmelt from the Andes and make the Patagonian desert fertile. At the same time, chacras are vital energy centers that provide us with the ability to connect with the whole universe, with everything living and vibrating. In its nourishment, in the marriage with every meal, wine is the companion of pleasure and sensitivity. Wine is intimate and touches all our senses. Chacra aims to enhance that connection. Respecting and enhancing the community of Chacra is of the utmost importance.
Certified Organic and Biodynamic.
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Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Bodega Chacra owner Piero started a partnership to produce Chardonnay with Meursault legend Jean-Marc Roulot after a chance conversation. Some underperforming old Merlot vines were grafted to Chardonnay and the first vintage was released 2017. More plantings have followed as the region seems very suited to Chardonnays, which are taut, linear and minerally in style.
98 Points - James Suckling
This has a complex yet refined nose of sliced apples, peach pits, smoked almonds, wet stones, chalk and white pepper. Hints of beeswax, juniper and cedar, too. It’s medium-bodied, elegant and light-footed, yet powerful, too. Creamy layers of stones and stone fruit slowly evolve to blanched almonds and nougat. Very long and precise. Try this from 2024. From biodynamically grown grapes.
96 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I missed the Chacra wines the last time I covered Argentina during thepandemic, so from the 2018s, we jump to the 2021s whites, the top ofwhich is the 2021 Chacra Chardonnay, produced by Jean-Marc Roulotwith the help of the Chacra team. It comes from the proper ChacraVineyard, from 40-year-old vines on mineral soils with alluvial stonescovered with calcium carbonate. It fermented with indigenous yeasts,10% in clay amphorae, 15% in concrete eggs and 75% in French oakbarrels, and 75% of the wine matured in barrel for nine months, while25% of the volume was kept in concrete for that time. It has 13% alcoholand a pH of 3.3. There is a big jump in subtleness, precision andelegance from the other Chardonnay; this comes from better vines, withbetter soil, more limestone, and it shows the energy, the chalkiness andthe sapid sensation, almost saline in the finish. It's high pitched, pure,elegant and subtle, with a velvety mouthfeel but vibrant and full ofenergy, floral, perfumed, nuanced and with great purity and precision,like a laser cut with the Roulot laser... 14,000 bottles were produced. Itwas bottled in January 2022.
Product size: 750ml