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2014 Blanchard y Lurton Grand Vin, Uco Valley, Mendoza

2014 Blanchard y Lurton Grand Vin, Uco Valley, Mendoza

White | Ready, but will keep | Blanchard y Lurton | Code:  40617 | 2014 | Argentina > Mendoza | Other Varieties | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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JANCIS - This stunning and unusual white wine is a blend of 60 percent Tokay, 20 percent Viognier, 10 percent Pinot Gris and 10 percent Chardonnay, grown at over 1,100 metres’ altitude high up in the Andes. Only 3,000 bottles were made of this wine, so we would recommend trying a bottle while you can – maybe with a rich cheese soufflé or a chicken stroganoff?

The nose is aromatic and complex with the peach aroma of Viognier combining with fresh notes of gooseberries. The palate is broad and textured with a touch of sweet, ripe nectarine fruit counterbalanced by a wonderful saline element that brings incredible minerality to the wine. The finish is long and pure and seriously impressive.

The Producer

Blanchard y Lurton

Blanchard y Lurton

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

Mendoza

Mendoza

With its western borderline dominated by the Andes and its 146,000 hectares of vineyards representing 70% of the country’s wine production, Mendoza is Argentina’s biggest and most important wine-growing province.

Mendoza’s vineyards are a haven to Old World varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, Bonarda, Sangiovese, Barbera, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. The province’s signature grape is Malbec

Mendoza still produces large amounts of inexpensive wine for domestic consumption, as well as grape concentrate, but the sub-region of Luján de Cuyo stands out with some lovely velvety Malbecs, while the cool, gravelly Maipú is best for Cabernet Sauvignon

The most exciting area in Mendoza for fine whites, however, is the Uco Valley, that has the highest vineyards, up to 1,200 metres above sea level. Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Chenin, Pinot Grigio and Torrontés fare particularly well in its cool climate. Its sub-region of Tupungato produces Argentina’s best Chardonnay.

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