NV Sol de Sol Brut Natural Methode Champenoise, Malleco, Chile

NV Sol de Sol Brut Natural Methode Champenoise, Malleco, Chile

$49.95 $42.95

Description

Sol de Sol is made at Viña Aquitania.   Viña Aquitania is a partnership between Felipe de Solminihac, Bruno Prats (Chateau Cos d’Estournel), Ghislain de Montgolfier (Bollinger Champagne) and the late Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux).  Their winery is based in Santiago’s Maipo Valley.  However, the vineyard is located in Chile’s southern Malleco Valley.

After tasting impressive cool-climate wines in New Zealand, Felipe de Solminihac wondered why they couldn’t also plant vines in the unexplored south of Chile.  In 1993, he pioneered the Malleco Valley with his first vines of Chardonnay, and today Sol de Sol has grown to be the benchmark for both cool climate, age-worthy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chile.

Malleco Valley is a southern wine-growing region in Chile, some 540 kilometers (340 miles) south of the capital, Santiago, in the Malleco province. The region is particularly challenging to grape growers because of its very cool, marginal climate, high rainfall and short growing season.

Would there be any doubt with Ghislain de Montgolfier’s partnership and influence to not to expect this very impressive, high energy NV cuvée of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay.  Hand harvested fruit from clay and granite soils.  Fermented first in French oak barrels, then aged for 4 months with lees stirring twice a week and no racking.  Two years en tirage.  No dosage.  12.5% alcohol.  3.02 pH .  Absolutely dry.  Electrifying acidity just makes this traditional sparkler go snap-crackle-and pop! Super crisp with clean citrus tinge and chalky minerality.  Cleansing and refreshing.  Perfect for caviar, oysters, smoked salmon, uni, sashimi!  A real treat and worthy of the price tag.

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