La Craie Gualtallary 2019


Malbec 70%, Cabernet Franc 30%
14,5% Vol.
Trinkreife: 2023–2040
Verpackt in: 6er OHK
Lobenberg: 100/100
Parker zu 2018: 100/100
Tim Atkin: 97/100
Argentinien, Mendoza, Valle de Uco - Gualtallary
Allergene: Sulfite, Abfüllerinformation

Parker zu 2018 über: La Craie Gualtallary

-- Parker zu 2018: Parker zu 2018: The 2018 La Craie is from poorer soils that are very shallow in their PerSe vineyard in Gualtallary, from a plot next to Iubileus where the soils are whiter and shallower, the last plot to be picked. It's a co-fermentation of Malbec and Cabernet Franc (a little less than in 2017) that fermented in open-top oak barrels with indigenous yeasts for 40 days with gentle daily pigeage. I tasted this wine from barrel some 16 months ago, and it was already very promising. And all those promises (and more!) made it into the bottle while at the same time doubling the quantity of wine produced. 2017 was very low yielding, but 2018 was more balanced, the vines are one year older; the vines are still extremely young, and the wine is already amazing, no doubt because of the place rather than the plants. It combines power and elegance in a rare balance—intense, deep, powerful and fresh, somewhat ethereal but with weight (think of a velvet bag filled with chalk), very pure aromas, including wet limestone, from the shallower soils and richer in calcium carbonate, sensations that are found on the nose and also on the palate. There is precision, delineation, purity and symmetry here. All of the wines ferment without stems, yet the wine has a gobsmacking sense of freshness. The texture of the tannins is ultra fine, chalky but almost powdery, finer than those from Iubileus but with grip, not as gentle as those from Inseparable and also more profound than the Uní. Perfect ripeness, perfect balance, perfect extraction, perfect élevage... complex, nuanced and layered. As it happens in wines like this, I only wish I had a magnum rather than a bottle. Bravo! 1,608 bottles were filled in October 2019. 100/100


Tim Atkin über: La Craie Gualtallary

-- Tim Atkin: La Craie is a co-fermented blend of Malbec and 30% Cabernet Franc from a cool, south- facing site in the Monasterio sub-region that has rapidly established itself as one of the best reds in Argentina, which is quite something, given that the vines were planted in 2013. Racy, pure and elegant, with chiselled acidity, green herb undertones and vivid blueberry fruit, this has impressive minerality, haunting balance and very little oak. Like the best couples, the two varieties are very comfortable in each other’s presence. 97/100

Mein Winzer


Luis Guttierez, Parkers Weltklasseverkoster und meiner Meinung nach bester Verkoster spanischer und argentinischer Weine überhaupt, beschrieb das im Hochland der Anden, genauer im Uco Valley (Region Mendoza) auf 1.200 Höhenmetern gelegene, winzige Weingut (unter 10 tausend Flaschen Gesamtproduktion)...