2014 De Martino "Legado" Chardonnay Limarí

SKU #1270322 91 points James Suckling

 A solid white with sliced apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium body. Hints of minerals too.  (5/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The nose of the 2014 Chardonnay Legado Reserva reminded me of the character of the Quebrada Seca, it has similar freshness and mineral character. I'd be very curious to taste this next to the Quebrada Seca, as unfortunately I tasted them on separate occasions and with one month's difference. The palate is fresh and vibrant, and leaves a salty taste on your lips. For this price, the quality is very high. (LG)  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

De Martino has arguably undergone one of the more radical transformations the wine world has seen in the past five years. The second largest owner of organic vineyards in Chile, with 740 acres in production, De Martino is stepping up to the plate in other ways as well: the winery is 100% carbon neutral and beginning in 2011 they have stopped purchasing new oak barrels. That year they purchased 140 tinajas, the traditional Chilean clay vessels that resemble amphorae, in varying shapes and sizes. Their "Legado" series aims to produce wines of power and elegance that can be aged. This particular bottling, a Chardonnay from the northern, coastal, limestone rich terroir of the Limarí Valley, is aged in used French oak barrels to produce an extraordinarily well balanced Chard.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 14