“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 original white Super Tuscan and one of Italy’s greatest white wines, it was once described by the illustrious Hugh Johnson as “a dream of a white”, and Jancis Robinson still quotes it on her Purple Pages as “the most ambitious Pinot Blanc outside of Burgundy.”
Reminiscent of Burgundy, no doubt, yet with unmistakable Tuscan authenticity. Batàr is the quintessential terroir wine. 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 and focused on expressing a precise sense of place. For an accustomed palate, Batàr’s inherent vitality and classic minerality clearly derive from the high elevation vineyards of Ruffoli and the Galestro soil typical of Chianti Classico’s best sites.
Batar’s legendary ability 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 and 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.
No animal products or byproducts are used in the production of this wine, making it suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
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