Batar Toscana Bianco IGT 2018 (Available End Oct)
Since 2010, in keeping with the owner’s vegan principles, Querciabella has practised ‘cruelty-free biodynamics’ – only using non animal-derived products at every stage of wine production process. Today, it is one of the largest biodynamic and organic estates in Italy.
Organic, Plant-based Biodynamic and Vegan.
No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Founded in 1974, Querciabella, or ‘beautiful oak’, is notable for the choices made by owner Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni. Located in the very heart of the Chianti area on the Southern side of Firenze, the estate was a pioneer in sustainable viticulture, converting to organics in 1988 and biodynamics in 2000.
Bright straw-yellow core with golden hues. The bouquet is broad, aromatic and seductive with aromas of acacia flowers, chamomile, yellow peach, yellow plum and melon. Hints of passion fruit and fresh pineapple with light notes of saffron and cedar.
On the palate, the wine is voluptuous yet elegant, showing great finesse. The mouthfeel is balanced, supported by great freshness. Tropical fruit repeats on the palate with striking minerality and a very long finish.
A young Batàr is enhanced by foods served with truffles and creamy sauces, herbs like thyme and tarragon and sautéed vegetables. We recommend pairing it with Tagliatelle in a Truffled Cashew Cream Sauce or Vegetable Stir-fry with Garlic and Ginger Ramen Noodles.
As it matures, Batàr develops more umami notes, hence will pair beautifully with umami-rich dishes with sautéed or roasted mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted root vegetables like squash, parsnips and turnips. Our favourite pairings include Miso-tahini Butternut Squash Soup and Penne with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto.
Chardonnay & Pinot Bianco.
“A white Tuscan wine that is just as prized as the top red wines of the region”, Batàr enjoys the cult following of an iconic wine.
Widely recognised by critics around the world as the ultimate white Super Tuscan and one of Italy’s greatest white wines, the illustrious Hugh Johnson once described it as “a dream of a white” worth comparing with a Burgundy Grand Cru. In the words of Jancis Robinson MW OBE more like a “particularly successful Corton-Charlemagne than Bâtard-Montrachet”.
Reminiscent of Burgundy, no doubt, yet with unmistakable Tuscan authenticity. Vintage after vintage, Querciabella’s forward-thinking winemaking has evolved beyond the hedonistic idea of succeeding at growing foreign white grapes, albeit noble, in a stronghold of red wines to focus on expressing a specific sense of place. Clearly, Batàr’s inherent vitality and classic minerality derive from the high elevation vineyards of Ruffoli and the Galestro soil typical of Chianti Classico’s best sites.
The legendary ability of Batàr to defy age and improve over time requires a careful combination of hand-selected grapes of Chardonnay and Pinot Bianco, a punctual micro-vinification regime and patient maturation in barrel. The extended time spent on lees in premium French barriques allows the individual lots to develop their best expression. Only when optimal élevage is complete, the final blend comes together through extensive sampling. Further ageing in bottle, before its release, puts the seal on the layered texture that defines Batàr’s proverbial mouthfeel.
Since 2010, much gentler lees contact and reduced reliance on new oak have defined a distinct freshness and brought to the fore citrus and exotic fruit, with creamy notes now providing a beguiling background.
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