On the occasion new Chardonnay Spìule 2013 DOC FCO release, Tuesday, June 9th 2015 we organized a horizontal tasting of 10 Chardonnay 2004 from different areas of the world: the day was a moment of meeting and debate of this important international grape that new how to determine its own path on our territory.
The goal of the tasting (which was conducted blindly) was not to look for the best Chardonnay, but to check the integrity of the wines after 10 years from bottling and the expression of the territory of origin.
In fact, special criteria were used in the proposed evaluation form: the integrity, the evolution and the pleasantness of the wine. At the end of the tasting and the debate that followed, in revealing the labels and the order of service, it was noticed that the three Friuli Chardonnay had an organoleptic theme in common: sapidity, integrity, notes of mineral salts, a good degree of freshness despite the 10 years of age and a Mediterranean traceability. In addition to our Chardonnay Spìule of Colli Orientali, the other two Friuli wines were a Chardonnay Gräfin de la Tour Collio of Villa Russiz and a Chardonnay Collio of Borgo del Tiglio: two reference companies of our territory.
In the light of the evaluations and considerations made by the commission, it has been possible to affirm that there is a Friuli identity of Chardonnay, that can compete with the great Chardonnay of the world.
This is the order of tasted wines Chardonnay 2004: Donnafugata Contessa Entellina Chiarandà White Sicily), Villa Russiz Collio Chardonnay Gräfin de la Tour, Domaine Guy Amiot et Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Cailleret (France), Kistler Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Vine Hill (California), Alois Lageder Alto Adige Chardonnay Löwengang, Tenuta di Angoris COF Chardonnay Spìule, Willian Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses (France), Borgo del Tiglio Collio Chardonnay, Bellavista Curtefranca Bianco Vigna Uccellanda (Franciacorta) and Peter Michael Alexander Mountain Sonoma County Chardonnay Mon Plaisir (California).
Along with Marta Locatelli, owner, and Alessandro Dal Zovo (winemaker and technical director of the company), the tasting was attended by some of the most important internationally recognized tasters: Daniele Cernilli (Doctor Wine), Giampaolo Gravina (taster of the Guida L’Espresso), Simone Cassina (professional consultant and sommelier in London), Emanuele Gobbi (collaborator of Wine Picker and Spirito di Vino), Pierpaolo Penco (director of the “Wine Business” Department of MIB School of Management in Trieste), Liliana Savioli (sommelier, journalist QB QuantoBastaFVG and Guida ViniBuoni d’Italia), Gianni Ottogalli (Italian Association of Sommelier FVG and Guida Gambero Rosso) and Michele Biscardi (Italian Sommelier Foundation Friuli Venezia Giulia).
The day developed in three particular moments: the tasting in the company premises during the morning, the aperitif at Rocca Bernarda area between the rows of Chardonnay, the ampelographic lecture of professor Carlo Petrussi, and lunch at Villa Locatelli.