Bodega Atamisque Serbal Chardonnay 2011
Uco was an Indigenous chief of the Huarpes Millcayac people who lived in the valley centuries ago. Around 1941-1493, the Incas incorporated the Valley to their vast empire, the Tawantinsuyu – translated as the empire of “the four parts”. The Valley would become part of the Collasuyu. In 1608, the Jesuits settled in Mendoza and in 1658 founded a rural property in the Uco Valley, the San José estancia. This gave birth to the town and what would later become the Atamisque estancia.
This property, which originally possessed 19,000 ha, was divided at the end of the 20th century. The estancia passed through several owners, until a French man acquired it: John Du Monceau. He had fallen in love with the place and had decided to settle down there with his wife, Chantal, whose grandfather had been a winemaker in the French region of Beaujolais. This prompted her to support the idea of building a winery in the property. Thus « Bodega Atamisque » was born, inspired by the name the land once possessed.
The first harvest was proudly achieved in March 2007.
With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.