Errazuriz know how to make great wine, arguably the best in Chile, certainly some of the best in the world. They are responsible for Chile’s first 100 point wine, the Vinedo Chadwick 2014 – followed by the stunning Sena, awarded 100 points in 2015, yet had long before cemented its reputation for greatness worldwide. Having mastered those two wines, their savoire faire now turns to their brilliant Aconcagua Costa ‘Las Pizarras’ Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Pizarras Pinot Noir 2018 has been awarded a sensational 99 points from James Suckling and 96 point from Luis Gutierrez of the Wine Advocate. Such scores from Burgundy would cause a frenzy at twice the price, yet at £285 IB marks a 19% discount to the similar scoring 2017 vintage – this is an utter ‘no-brainer’ for any Pinot Noir lover. The value is commanding! Only 775 cases were made worldwide, so we are thrilled to be able to offer it today.
Following the incredible 2017 vintage, Errazuriz in 2018 have produced another knockout vintage of Las Pizarras Chardonnay. In 2018 it was awarded 99 points from James Suckling, a truly stunning score. It also received 96+ points from Luis Gutierrez who says it all; ‘2017 was not an easy act to follow, but the 2018 Aconcagua Costa “Las Pizarras” Chardonnay managed nicely. From a cool year, it has notes of white flowers and nuts and is a little lighter than the 2017, which was more structured.’ The price today on release is £245 IB, which gives it, like the Pinot Noir, an exceptionally low price over points score. The two wines have unmissable quality, both embodying the poise, structure, power and elegance of a Grand Cru Burgundy.
The Estate’s winemaking is based on the mantra of their forefather, Don Maximiano who posited “from the best land, the best wine”. This rings true for these two wines, that both derive from Errazuriz’s Aconcagua Costa Estate. The Estate spent years mapping the property in collaboration with the French Geologist Francoise Vannier-Petite. Working together they highlighted a set of vineyards that had a high component of metamorphic rock, with a high preponderance of the hugely desirable schist which is extremely rare in Chile. In fact, it is from the Spanish word for schist, or slates (pizarra) that the name of the wine derives.
The winemaking regime for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is Burgundian, as are the wines themselves. The grapes are hand-picked, double-sorted, softly destemmed and crushed. After cold-soaking for 3-7 days, they are fermented with native yeasts to maximise local character and complexity. The Pinot Noir plantings were taken from the 777 Pinot Noir clone, which were originally sourced from Morey St Denis, in the Cote d’Or.
Quantities are very limited, as one can imagine from the amount they produce for the globe – so do be quick before stock runs out! We highly recommend buying both of these every year on release, they represent outstanding value.