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2019 Zuccardi "Fósil" Chardonnay Valle de Uco

SKU #1513145 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The cold climates of the Uco Valley have redefined Mendozan Chardonnay and Fósil is a good example of why. Created by Sebastián Zuccardi with grapes from the San Pablo GI (1,400m) it is mostly aged in concrete (30% in used barrels) and is a vivid colour in the glass, with aromas of green apple, citrus and white flowers. In the mouth it presents exhilaratingly vivacious acidity – perfect for accompanying oysters or grilled fish. (AI) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

95 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This mostly concrete-produced chardonnay shows freshness and complexity with dried apple, stone and lemon rind. Honeysuckle, too. Lovely creaminess. Undertone of salt. No malo. Tangy and intense. One for the cellar. Inner quote mark (2/2020)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Fósil San Pablo is a Chardonnay from San Pablo that follows the steps of the 2018, with its moderate alcohol and notable acidity and freshness. It comes from grapes planted at 1,400 meters above sea level in the coolest place possible. It's citrusy and has notes of aromatic herbs with restraint. On the palate, it's vibrant and very dry, with marked chalkiness. It's more about the place than the grape. (LG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark A Chardonnay from San Pablo, Uco Valley, made with direct pressing and fermented with native yeasts in concrete eggs and 500 liters French barrels with no must. A yellowy-green in the glass, the nose contains aromas of country herbs, resin, apple, pears, peas and a hint of cardamom. Complex and intriguing, the 2019 Fósil Zuccardi has a powerful texture in the mouth and sustained flavor with heightened but contained freshness that comes in with a kick at the end. This white, Sebastian Zuccardi's best, is influenced by the wines of Burgundy. (JH) Inner quote mark (6/2020)

K&L Notes

The fruit for Fósil comes from the San Pablo region in the Uco Valley. This is one of the coolest parts of the valley, the vines are planted at 4500ft in alluvial soils with a little calcium carbonate, "Calicata", covered with stones. The cooler temperatures plus high UV allow the grapes to mature but maintain acidity in a way that is truly unique to Argentina. Native yeast fermentation occurs both in used French oak barrels and Concrete eggs. This wine combines fully ripened, luscious fruit that speaks clearly of the "New World", with an intensity and dryness that is reminiscent of the mountain Chardonnays of the Jura, and the refinement of White Burgundy. Intense, complex, and beguiling this is a Chardonnay unlike any other. It is an exciting wine that is both cerebral and hedonistic. I think that this wine is aptly named, Fosil is wine that is waiting to be discovered and once discovered sends your imagination racing.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2021 | Send Email
Mendoza is usually not the first place you go when looking for higher end Chardonnay, until now. This is a jaw dropping Terroir driven wine. The fruit is sourced from the San Pablo sub-zone. It is a relatively new and very marginal region, much more so than all of the classic Chardonnay regions of the world, when they started planting vineyards they were uncertain that the grapes would ripe. The combination of cool, high elevation and plenty of light and UV allows the fruit to develop while still maintaining its acidity. This is a wine with more fruit and more acid than most White Burgundy's. Add to that the calcium carbonate covered stones in the vineyards and you get a wine with a very distinct mineral profile. The wine is named “Fosil” not for the fossils that are found in the vineyards but after the idea of fossils. The dusty, stony, porous, dried and preserved structural remains of life. The core structure of this wine is that; dry, stony and textured. That core is surrounded by heirloom apples and pears and a faint wild herb tone. There is intensity, drive, and a very long finish to this, it is great white wine.

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