£23.65/ 0.75 L btl
Wine El Enemigo Chardonnay 2018
|Type||White Wine Barrel Aged|
|Alcohol content i||13.5%|
|Bottle size and vintage||0.75 L - 2018|
Argentina has spent years, through its own hard work, gaining a huge reputation on the international wine scene. The Malbec grape, forgotten in virtually every other corner of the world (with the exception of Cahors), has catapulted Argentinian reds into standards of the highest quality. However, broadly speaking, we could say that its white wines are less well-known, excepting perhaps the aromatic Torrontés.
The wine under our consideration here shows that Argentina isn't only a land of reds, and many other grapes can produce splendid wines at these latitudes. El Enemigo Chardonnay is an amazing wine, which will delight both experts and neophytes. It combines the Chardonnay grape's best attributes, French barrels and biological ageing masterfully, taking Mendoza white wine to a level of complexity hitherto unimagined until recently.
Obtained from vines planted at an altitude of 1,500 metres on the calcareous soils of Tupungato, El Enemigo Chardonnay ferments with wild yeasts and rests in barrels, under a cap of flor yeast in some of them, evolving and transforming at ease. It smells of dried fruits and nuts (hazelnuts and almond skin) and crystallized fruit. On the palate, the salinity of the biological ageing comes through subtly on a base of candied citrus fruits and the odd shy tropical hint. Lactic and toasty notes envelop an elegant, full and atypical wine which deserves a thorough tasting, perhaps with a sole meunière or a good creamy goat's or sheep's cheese.
Sole a la meuniere / Sheep cheese / Goat's cheese
- Optimum serving temperature:Between 6ºC and 8ºC
I have persisted with Vigil's wines, perhaps persuaded by the hype. Two of his wines, one made for Catena and another for El Enemigo, his own Bodega, just got 100 points from Luís Gutierrez, a critic that despite working for Parker, seems to like more refined, elegant, fresher, less oaked wines that his erstwhile boss, at least when it comes to Spanish wines. But is seems that when he goes to Latin America he changes his tack. This wine despite being made under a veil of flor (which attracted me) lacks freshness and acidity, and has so much oak that the wood ends up overwhelming the wine totally. I left half a bottle in the fridge overnight to see if any positive changes where forthcoming, but the wood became even more predominant, like sucking a piece of bark. A pity.by: Richard J (11/02/2019) - Vintage 2016
Delicious complex chardonnay
This wine shows just how far Argentina has travelled in creating white wines of great depth and interest. Caramelised fruit on the nose, followed by layers on stone fruit, tropical fruit and spice notes, finely balanced with oak, giving a long finish that takes nothing away from this wine's elegance and freshness.by: Alessio (04/11/2020) - Vintage 2018
This is going to be a star
Vanilla, oak, earthy notes, well rounded Chardonnay. Oak is not at all overwhelming and leave a pleasant balance and freshness in the wine. Really you can feel the effort in making this a great wine, with the perfect armony between fruits and body. Leave it in the cellar for 3/4 years and you will be amazedby: Graham Critchell (17/09/2020) - Vintage 2018
This Chardonnay is a very fine example from Argentina. It reminds me of a Meursault which says it all really. And at a price that undercuts the French gem that makes it well worthwhile. It's still expensive, but it is worth every penny.by: Giles Pegram CBE (03/09/2018) - Vintage 2015
A full and quite rich Chardonnay
You know this wine is going to be good with the first sip. It is full and round. I wouldn't compare it with a fine Burgundy; it is different. At the top end of my price range, but well worth the little extra spend..
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Argentina is sharply back in focus. It has tremendous potential and in recent years a new batch of young winemakers has been showing how much more there is to discover. The world of wine is evolving and so too in this South American country, where one of the foremost figures answers to the name of Alejandro Vigil, the 'Elvis Presley of wines', 'wine's answer to Messi' or straight to the point and literally, 'the wine beast', although he prefers to describe himself as a simple...