Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2020


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“The 2020 Las Pizarras Chardonnay comes from a challenging warm and dry year, and they sorted and selected the grapes looking for as much freshness as possible, they started harvesting early and kept the alcohol to 12.5%, but it has a slightly higher pH at 3.22. 2019 was nearly as warm as 2017 and the driest in the last 50 years, but they had a little higher yields and the wine was not as concentrated. The brutal selection (they only produced 4,900 bottles, whereas there were 8,900 from 2021…) paid off, paired with the more careful management of the irrigation to make the vines suffer less, so the wine comes through as harmonious and fresh; it’s only in the comparison with a cooler year when it suffers. It’s tasty and spicy, elegant and balanced, with purity and the minerality that is the flagship from this wine. It was bottled in April 2021. Drink: 2023-2028. 96 points

I met with winemaker Francisco “Pancho” Baettig, who is preparing the transition for the new young winemaker, Tomás Muñoz, who is going to take over from Baettig at the end of 2023, when he’s going to concentrate on his personal project. So, big changes at Errázuriz. I tasted the top of the range from the winery with both of them. Muñoz, who is super young (32 years old!), energetic and enthusiastic, worked at Doña Carmen (and before in Santa Rita, California, and New Zealand) and joined Errázuriz one and a half years ago to take on this big challenge.

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (04/23)