Classic Chardonnay 2017


Classic Chardonnay 2017

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: Chile / Central Valley
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay

The Montes Classic Chardonnay hails from some of the finest Chardonnay-growing sites in Chile's Casablanca and Curico Valleys. The Casablanca Valley contributes a cool climate expression of Chardonnay with fresh citrus and floral notes, while the warmer Curico Valley adds tropical components to the blend including pineapple, peaches and apricots.

91 Points

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2018 vintage
91 Points

2016 vintage
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harvest note

The 2016-2017 vintage began drier than normal as the normal winter rains were lighter than average. Spring frosts in the coolest blocks affected the early development of buds, shoots, and fruit set. The warm summer brought on higher sugar levels although the fruit was able to maintain its natural acidity. Through proper canopy management, the typical varietal aromas and flavors were retained. The rest of the growing season was smooth allowing the fruit to develop evenly and produce very good quality in the final crop.

tasting note

Brilliant light golden-yellow in color. The aromatic nose offers notes of pineapple, mango, and apricots against a backdrop of white flowers, vanilla, and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is well balanced with rich acidity creating a fresh juiciness in the wine with a pleasingly fruity finish.

food pairing

Pair with salmon ceviche, sea bass with sautéed mushrooms, fettucini Alfredo, and razor clams.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Central Valley
PH: 3.23
ACIDITY: 3.33 g/l
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: 70% of the wine is aged in stainless steel, while 30% of the wine is aged in new French oak barriques for 6-8 months before bottling.

points of distinction

  • Represents the outstanding value Chile can offer for everyday drinking.
  • Grapes are handpicked and transported to the winery with the utmost care.
  • Juicy and well balanced on the palate.
  • Fresh and well structured with persistent finish.
  • Grown in cool climate sites of the Casablanca and Curico Valleys
  • about the grape +
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The story of Montes is a testament to what unique vision, grit, determination, and perseverance can achieve.

– Aurelio Montes Jr, Chief Winemaker

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