Querciabella 2013 Batàr

Querciabella 2013 Batàr

Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.

Winemaking

The vineyards from which Batàr is obtained have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 have undergone a full conversion to biodynamic techniques. Once alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are complete, Batàr continues to mature in the same barriques on its own yeast for nine months. Bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, is carried out weekly. Fine and extra fine-grained French oak Burgundy barriques (228 l) are used, 30% new. Tronçais and Vosges.

Harvest

Considered a ‘classic vintage’ due to harvest taking place at the beginning of October. A very cool wet spring delayed budbreak and was followed by a cool June. A picture-perfect July, August and September saved the year, one that resulted in elegant, fresh wines.

Taste

Simply beautiful! Light lemon oil, white flowers, almonds and a hint of orange peel are laced together in an effortless, gracious white endowed with real personality. This is the first vintage that includes a clone of Pinot Blanc sourced from Henri Gouges in Nuits St. Georges and that also seems to reflect a more polished, refined style. A revisited approach to pruning that allows yields to be naturally a bit higher than in the past and less new oak during aging seem to be paying off. Serve at 6°C to 8°C. Yum!

Technical Information

Appellation: Toscana IGT
Varietal(s): 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc
Alcohol: 13.5%
Acidity: 5.03 g/l
pH Level: 3.54