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Querciabella Toscana Batar 2005

Querciabella Toscana Batar 750ml 2005       
Sku: 1429361

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 Wine Spectator 90 points (Oct 31 2007)
Fresh apple, flower and light toffee aromas follow through to a full body, with a round texture and a long, rich finish. There's loads of fruit and character, yet this is refined. Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay. Drink now. 1,500 cases made. –JS
 Wine Advocate 90 points (Jun 2007)
The estate's barrel-aged 2005 Batar (50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc) is consistently one of Italy's finest whites. The 2005 presents attractive suggestions of jasmine, peaches and sweet tropical fruit on a medium-bodied frame buttressed by a lively note of minerality. While the 2005 is not one of the more opulent Batars, it is nonetheless a very finessed wine that is sure to find many admirers. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.

Wine maker notes
The vineyards from which Batar is obtained have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 have undergone a full conversion to biodynamic techniques. Pressing, fermentation and elevage of the Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay grapes are conducted separately, until the final blend takes place. The grapes are picked in 8 kilo crates and juice is slowly extracted with a bladder press, very gently. The fermentation takes place in barrique. The wine also undergoes a full malolactic fermentation. The barrel maturation takes 9 to 12 months. The oak is 100% French, and comes mainly from Troncais and Vosges, and also from Allier. It is 30% new and 70% one year old. Once the wine maker decides that the elevage is complete, the barrels which will be part of the final blend are selected, through extensive sampling. The final blend takes place in stainless steel. The wine is bottled shortly after, and rests for about six months before release. The wine is released around 20 months, and it reaches its full maturity about 42 months, after harvest. Before maturity, just like its Cousins of Burgundy, the wine may tend to shut down and to appear ‘tight’ at tasting. Therefore, we strongly advise you not to consume it before it has reached maturity, about 3 and a half to 4 years after harvest, in order to enjoy it at its maximum potential. The maturity plateau is 4 to 12 years after harvest. Batar is bottled and packaged exclusively in the following formats: 0.750 liter [6 bottle wooden case]; 1.5 liter [1 bottle wooden case]. In exceptional years we have bottled a handful of 3.0 liter bottles. Batar is produced without using any animal products or byproducts. It is therefore suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Other text
Between 1988 and 1991 the wine used to be called Batard-Pinot, and it was a blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Between 1992 and 1994, the name was Batard (without ‘-Pinot’), because Chardonnay had been added to the blend. In 1995 the name was changed to Batar, in order to avoid confusion with French AOCs of Burgundy whose name contains the word ‘Batard’ (Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, Criots-Batard-Montrachet and Batard-Montrachet).

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Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Sub-Region: Toscano
Grape Varietal: Chardonnay,Pinot Blanc
Type: Still wine
 
Reg. 96.99
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