The 2018 Las Pizarras Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are a formidable duo of 99-point wines and offer unparalleled value for money.
These are a showcase for the dizzy heights that can be achieved from some of the very best plots owned by Errazuriz. Like the best of Burgundy – the spiritual home of these grapes – this is a lesson in terroir with minute plots at high altitudes that offer the best combination of aspect, soil and temperature. As the scores and notes from James Suckling show, it’s been an incredible success.
The Pinot Noir is fantastic and, for Suckling, is a near-flawless expression of this noble grape. He praises it as “Full-bodied yet very tight and focused” and predicts that it should now be just hitting its prime drinking window. The Chardonnay is equally magnificent and is “Full-bodied, yet formed and tight with minerality and brightness”.
They are also highly rare – just 60 magnums of each were made in 2018 for example – which only saves to emphasise just how impressive they are.
99 point James Suckling
Great aromas of dried strawberries and fresh flowers, such as lavender. Full-bodied yet very tight and focused. Impressive tannic structure, but refined and polished. Lightly chewy. Finishes tight and refined. Best pinot of Chile. Drink after 2022, but hard to hold back. (2019) www.jamessuckling.com
99 points James Suckling
I love the aromas of lavender, sandalwood, sliced apples and pears. Some gunpowder and slate undertones. Full-bodied, yet formed and tight with minerality and brightness. Vivid acidity gives this energy and depth. Drinkable, but will age beautifully. (2019) www.jamessuckling.com