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Shhhh. A Best Kept Secret in Burgundy…and It’s Not in Burgundy (Limited)
April 14, 2020



New Arrivals: The Best Kept Secret in Burgundy and It’s Not in Burgundy. Experience Old-Vine, Biodynamic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that Challenges the Prized Crus of Burgundy.

“This could be mistaken for a Grand Cru Burgundy…The wine has the complexity and depth of old vines, as the roots are really old and established.” - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

If you are a wine enthusiast or collector of Burgundy and Italian wines alike, there is a lot of awesomeness to be found in today's offer. For the past three years, I have been preaching about the most eagerly awaited projects and releases: Piero Incisa della Rocchetta and his biodynamic driven Bodega Chacra estate have partnered with the white Burgundy Maestro, Jean-Marc Roulot, to deliver a completely unique expression of pure Chardonnay from the windswept plains of the Rio Negro Valley. I had the opportunity to taste and learn with Piero and Jean Marc, and I can emphatically say that these wines are stunning — truly revelatory wines that make you rethink the most noble of grapes! This is the type of Chardonnay that we have been looking for over the past few years — finesse-driven wines that will satisfy the Burghead and the pure white wine enthusiast who appreciate energy and tension that accompany ripe fruit and salinity, with just the right touch of oak. We are pleased to present a mere ten cases of the overachieving, value-driven 2018 Bodega Chacra Mainque Chardonnay and the highly-anticipated flagship, the 2019 Bodega Chacra Chardonnay from old vines and mineral-laden soils.

For the few who do not know, Jean Marc Roulot produces some of Burgundy’s most sought-after and honest wines — each maintaining the signature finesse and chisel, focus and restraint, elegance and precision, minerality and acidity that has amassed a dedicated cult following. His wines sell out to a long list of standing customers each vintage. Well, guess what, this project gives us a new expression from Piero Incisa, made with Jean-Marc, that invites us to forget what we think we know about New World wines and open our minds to a more natural winemaking approach that harnesses finesse from a rugged and extreme terroir. There are two new Chardonnays, the village level 2018 Bodega Chacra Mainque Chardonnay and the more site-driven, lieu-dit-like wine, 2019 Bodega Chacra Chardonnay. Just 50 phantom-like cases are making their way to New York, and we are pleased to present both wines at some of the best pricing in the country. It should be noted that just 300 cases are arriving in the US, and this wine will sell out. We are pleased to present both in some good company with IWM’s original Pinot Noir staple – Bodega Chacra.

This is small, hand-crafted “pure” Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that can challenge premier and grand cru wines of Burgundy. Cheers to Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, Jean-Marc Roulot, and the hard-working team at Bodega Chacra for making world-class Chardonnay and Pinot accessible to all.

Debut: Bodega Chacra - Rethinking Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (Click to Order)



Note: each case of Mainque includes four different labels of the signature Chacra bees in different placements. The bees are modeled after a painting done by Michelangelo

Bodega Chacra is a Sassicaia-meets-Burgundy story in many ways, but with the additional influence of Rudolf Steiner on the windswept plains of the Rio Negro Valley. Here, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the grandson of the late Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta, the individual responsible for Sassicaia and launching the Super Tuscan movement, delivers the same passion and avant-garde spirit of his grandfather but with Pinot Noir and now Chardonnay. In fact, Piero searched the world in pursuit of the perfect Pinot vines and he found them in the abandoned vineyards of Patagonia, Argentina. The old Pinot vineyards were planted in 1932 and 1955, and what makes them even more unique is that these are true pre-phylloxera vines — pure Pinot Noir sans the American rootstock. To complement this fairytale story, the wines not only reflect the old vines or the terroir of the desert and influence of the Andes, but also Piero’s biodynamic (Demeter Certified) and “pure winemaking” approach that rejects modern machinery, chemical insecticides, and the abusive use of sulfites. Few Pinots and Chardonnays we have tasted are this clean, aromatic, and pure, or deliver such a palate-staining finish with concentration, while remaining so light on their feet.

ADDITIONAL NOTES AND REVIEWS:



2019 BODEGA CHACRA CHARDONNAY
Christopher Deas, IWM: "This is truly an exciting new chapter for Chardonnay and Bodega Chacra. Piero has opened our eyes and ears to Pinot Noir from Patagonia, and now with Jean-Marc Roulot, he is doing it with Chardonnay. There are two cuvées, the more village-like Mainque Chardonnay, which is produced from both domaine and rented vineyards, and the more vineyard-specific 2019 Chacra Chardonnay., produced from 40-year-old vines in mineral soils with alluvial stones covered in calcaire. Each has the signature Roulot cut of freshness, purity, and salinity, combined with Piero’s concentration without extraction — a mouthful of fruit, but incredibly light on its feet. With old-vine Chardonnay, you will find more cut, minerality and energy. You can expect to find nuances of lemon curd, lime, green apples, maíz, fleur del sol — delicate touches, not what you would expect from the desert with temperatures reaching the 128 degree mark. There is brightness with the ripeness and texture, just enough tension to separate and put this wine in a league to itself. With aeration, the wine displays an awesome inner perfume that echoes on the finish. An absolutely stunning, stunning effort (if you can find it). What a great wine to pour blind and stir up conversation. Like Piero’s Pinot Noir, more proof that truly exceptional Chardonnay can be made outside the Cote d’ Or. Bravo."

James Suckling: "The tension and density are so in balance, showing flint and matchstick notes. Full-bodied, creamy and very salty with a long, focused finish. Love the tight, subdued character here. A thoughtful, serious wine that needs contemplation. Drinkable now, but better in 2022 and onwards."



2018 BODEGA CHACRA CHARDONNAY MAINQUÉ
Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The second vintage of the first white wine is the 2018 Mainqué Chardonnay, produced with the help of Jean-Marc Roulot from Meursault. The fermentation of 65% of the volume was in oak barrels (35% of them new), and the remaining 35% was in concrete egg. There is more sand in the vineyards here than in the one for the Chacra Chardonnay, where they find more clay and some limestone. They picked around the 4th of February, a little earlier than in 2017 despite the fact that 2017 was much warmer; it was quite early and the wine is 12.5% alcohol. The white wines have the Roulot signature of purity and precision. The grapes were very healthy to start with. They go through a sorting table, are pressed, settled for 24 hours and then placed in Burgundy barrels. There was no 100% malo, but it was not a choice; it just happened like that. It has textbook aromas of barrel-fermented Chardonnay and has a sharp and long palate with the signature salinity and length that makes it so tasty. This is a great follow-up to the initial 2017. 13,000 bottles were produced." 10/19