Chat Sauvage Chardonnay Rheingau 2017
Chat Sauvage is, in short, equal to store ambitions and small quantities. The owner, Günter Schulz, is a rich man from Hamburg with a great fondness for Burgundy, who during a visit to the Rheingau in 1992 got the idea to make a wine that was as good as the best from Burgundy. In order for such a daring piece to succeed, Günter Schulz was fully aware that nothing could save, and that therefore only the best vineyards were interesting for such a prestigious project. However, it is rare for this type of field to go on sale, and it was therefore not until the year 2000 that he bought his first package on the vineyard Johannisberger Hölle. Since then, it has been released to 7.5 hectares spread over six vineyards, where 60% of Pinot Noir is grown, 35% Chardonnay and 5% Riesling. At Chat Sauvage's vineyards, the yield is kept at approx. 1 kg of grapes per vine. You are extremely selective about which grapes go in the must, so you sort by hand both at the actual picking and on arrival at the winery. After pressing, the first fermentation is predicted on steel tanks, after which the wine - both the green and the blue grapes - is placed in French oak barrels for 18 months, while the malolactic fermentation takes place.
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