Jean Bousquet Chardonnay
Never out of the top three wines when we show this at consumer tastings. The vineyards sit some 4000ft above sea level and here the grapes develop a really brilliant clarity of flavour; apples and pears with hints of spice in the finished wine. Jean Bousquet practices minimal intervention winemaking and everything that's wonderful about this wine comes from the high quality grapes he produces in the vineyard.
Frenchman Jean Bousquet travelled thousands of miles to find his 'optimum' vineyard location. In Mendoza, Argentina he found a site with, in his words 'idyllic wine-growing precipitation and temperatures, mild during the day and cool at night… situated at a good altitude (1,200 metres above sea level), with fresh air, few funguses, and very permeable sandy and rocky soils… these great attributes give the grapes the possibility to attain an optimum maturation without the risk of rotting and without having to use fungicides'. These perfect conditions combined with knowledge passed down through three winemaking generations makes for wines of exceptional quality.