February 2019, Antonio Galloni
“The 2016 Batàr is superb. Candied lemon peel, mint, chamomile and lightly tropical notes are all laced together. In the glass, the 2016 has a real sense of phenolic intensity that offers a striking counter to the floral aromatics and expressive, layered fruit. The 2016 is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Blanc, much of that younger plantings of the Gouges clones of Pinot Blanc sourced in Burgundy. Today, the Batàr is tightly wound and piercing in its brightness. Another few years in bottle should do the trick.”
Founded in 1974, Querciabella enjoys the acclaim of the world’s most discriminating critics and consumers for wines such as Camartina, Batàr, Palafreno and Querciabella Chianti Classico. In its uncompromising pursuit of quality, sustainability and authenticity, Querciabella has continually honed its approach to biodynamic viticulture for over a decade. With vineyards located throughout Tuscany’s Chianti Classico and Maremma areas, Querciabella exemplifies the mindful preservation of tradition through forward-thinking, albeit completely natural, winemaking.
Batàr originates on vines that grow in the two soil types found on the hilltop of Ruffoli: argillaceous matrix and sandstone at approximately 350 m, and marly schist and slate at approximately 600 m. The vineyards from which Batàr is obtained have been cultivated organically since 1988, and in 2000 have undergone a full conversion to biodynamic techniques.
Grapes are harvested by hand in 9kg crates. Once alcoholic and malolactic fermentation are complete, Batàr continues to mature in the same barriques on its own yeast for nine months. Bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees, is carried out weekly. Fine and extra fine-grained French oak Burgundy barriques (228 liters) are used, 20% new.
Vineyards include Casaocci Sud and Il Pallonaio for Chardonnay; Vigna del Dottore, La Lama, Il Bosco, La Collina, Vigna Chiara and Vigna il Diavolo for Pinot Blanc.
Ample winter rainfall with a stable, mild spring resulted in even budburst and shoot growth at the end of March. Abundant rainfall then followed into a normal balanced summer conditions producing small bunches. This perfect maturation was supported by significant diurnal temperature variation allowed harvest to start early and continue well into autumn.
Enjoyable upon release, though it is recommended to wait four years after harvest for more complex notes to emerge. This wine continues to develop and evolve for over 20 years. The ideal serving temperature is 43° to 47°F.
Varietals: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Blanc
Wine Alcohol: 13.5%
Titratable Acidity: 5.15 g/L
Harvest Start Date: August 23, 2016
Harvest End Date: September 12, 2016
Suggested Retail Price: $90.00