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Les Cretes Chardonnay 2016

Les Cretes Chardonnay 2016

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"Golden-tinged straw. Papaya and tangerine dominate on the perfumed nose. Then fresh and long; the lively orchard fruit and citrus flavors are bright and savory. There is above-average concentration, complexity and refinement here compared to the vast majority of other Italian Chardonnay wines, most of which are highly disappointing by world standards. Drinking window: 91 points

Valle d’Aosta’s most famous winery, founded in 1989 and owned by Costantino Charrère and his family, makes a large range of different wines, many of them new additions in recent years, such as the Nebbiolo and Merlot. Like anybody who loves wine, I have undying admiration and gratitude for Charrère and all he has done for Valle d’Aosta and Italian wine. I can say that my interest in native wine grapes was undoubtedly sparked by him more than almost anyone else in Italy; for example, I began tasting his Prëmetta wines as far back as the 1980s, when he bottled them with a white label bearing his own name. Today his two daughters are slowly taking over the day-to-day operation of the winery, and the estate is moving toward more mainstream wines from better-known varieties such as Merlot and Nebbiolo (besides the Syrah that Charrère pioneered in the region), rather than the Prëmetta and Mayolet of decades ago (both no longer made). The Fumin and Petite Arvine are the two best of the region, and the Chardonnay, both the oaked (Cuvée Bois) and unoaked versions, are among Italy’s 10 or 12 best."

Ian D'Agata, Vinous (06/18)