Chacra: Chardonnays Made With The Help of Roulot + World Class Pinot Noirs
Chacra is one of the most exciting wine projects on the planet. It is the brainchild of Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, part of the Sassicaia family, who toured the world, finding the best spots for Pinot Noir. He settled on a small, but special, terroir in Patagonia in Argentina, enlisted the hope of a Burgundian legend in the form of Jean-Marc Roulot, and set about making a series of incredible wines.
We are delighted to have a selection of the latest releases to offer for the first time.
The Sassicaia name obviously helps to open doors, and in the case of the Chacra whites, a very important one. In an incredible coup, Jean-Marc Roulot of the iconic Domaine Roulot (one of Burgundy’s finest producers of whites) helps craft them, an indication of the quality and potential seen by him in these fantastic terroirs, especially as Roulot adds his name to the label!
Their hard work has paid off, and the wines have achieved huge scores and high accolades in recent years. Indeed the 2018 vintage of the 32 Pinot Noir won James Suckling’s coveted “Wine of the Year” for 2020; such is the immense quality.
Scores are huge and prices excellent. Details are below:
2022 Bodega Chacra, Chardonnay
(6*75cl OC) @ £360 per case in bond
98 points James Suckling
This is probably the finest answer to Puligny or Meursault in Argentina and it will be hard to pass by. Beautiful brioche notes give a fine creaminess with mineral, fine reduction, beeswax and a hint of white sesame to the lemon curd. Extremely textured and tense on the palate with fresh, medium acidity and a long, long finish. This is all about texture and purity. Also intellectual. Drink or hold. From biodynamically grown grape
2022 Bodega Chacra, Mainque Chardonnay
(6*75cl OC) @ £190 per case in bond
97 points James Suckling
Such a flinty nose that delivers a full package of minerality. Quarry, chalk, gun powder and lime. The nose really speaks to you. Creamy and textured on the palate with bright but chiselled acidity and real tension. One of the best Mainque’s ever? Chacra’s answer to fine Chablis. Drink or hold. From biodynamically grown grapes
2022 Bodega Chacra, ’55 Pinot Noir
(6*75cl OC) @ £200 per case in bond
96 points James Suckling
Fresh and floral nose with tiles, vibrant red berries and pomegranate. Stony, mineral verve. Pure and expressive with good tension on the medium-bodied palate. Silky, very nimble and elegant. Acidic red berries in the finish that cleanse the palate. So much drinkability. Drink or hold. From biodynamically grown grapes
2021 Bodega Chacra, 32 Pinot Noir
(6*75cl OC) @ £390 per case in bond
97 points James Suckling
Pomegranate, wild herbs and lots of fresh raspberries to the nose. Subtle, pure and tense with a fine austerity to the center-palate. Refined and medium-bodied on the palate. Nothing conspicuous here. Intense but slim and everything is well-hidden. Drink now or hold. From biodynamically grown grapes