Tenuta Rapitalà’s Grand Cru is a fine expression of the character of the estate. The selected parcels feature the estate’s oldest vines, planted in 1982. Specific vinification techniques enhance its typicity and its prestigious bottle, with a relief of the ancient and noble coat of arms of the family of Hugues Bernard Count de la Gatinais, makes “Grand Cru” a wine that represents the strong personality, legacy and singularity of the estate.
Terroir: Fully-ripe fruit is harvested in August. White-wine vinification includes a gentle pressing and cold settling of the young must, part of which undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting and alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats.
Vinification: The grapes are picked in August when they are fully ripe and richness is at its maximum. The grapes are gently pressed and cold settled. Part of the must undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting. Fermentation begins in stainless steel tanks. When the must achieves 4-5% alcohol, the wine is racked into French oak barriques where fermentation is completed. The wine then ages on its lees in French oak barriques for 9-12 months. It is then bottle refined for a minimum of three months before release.
Pale gold color. The typical full, fruity, soft character of the chardonnay and the aromatic notes of the wood are evident on the nose. A round wine, with well defined Mediterranean scents, full-bodied and satisfying with a long and lingering finish.
"Minimal oak, powerful minerality on nose, like a classy California Chard but with the saving grace of a buzzy crispness, and modest price."
Score: 90 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"A creamy white, with smoke, toasted hazelnut, vanilla and oak spice accents to the flavors of creamed apple, pastry and almond financier. Harmonious, boasting sleep acidity that reins in the overall richness. Drink now through 2022."
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
"Dedicated to Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, the 2012 Grand Cru is a pure expression of Chardonnay with lavish notes of vanilla cream and toasted nut acquired from sur lie aging and barrique. Pineapple, ripe pear, exotic fruit and papaya are followed by smoke, chopped herb and vanilla custard. This is an important interpretation of warm climate Chardonnay that would pair with codfish encrusted in salt or lobster bisque. Drink 2014-2019. "
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