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Cortese Langhe Chardonnay Scapulin 2018

£21.50 GBP

Giuseppe Cortese established his 20-acre vineyard in the heart of Piedmont's revered Barbaresco region in 1971. For the last five decades, he and his family have upheld Giuseppe's 'gentle hands' winemaking philosophy, carefully tending the vines to organic standards and combining traditional methods with modern techniques in the winery. 

Unusually this Chardonnay spends nine to ten months in small French oak barrels (40% new oak), clay amphoras AND stainless steel. Then six months in the bottle before being released. 

The stainless steel supports freshness, the amphora adds an underlying minerality and the oak reinforces the wine’s structure and body. The result is an expressive wine with great potential to evolve. 

A beautifully balanced wine with great intensity and structure.


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