El Coto 875m Finca Carbonera Rioja Chardonnay 2020
Region: Rioja, Spain
Bottle size: 75cl
This fresh and succulent Chardonnay displays citrus, peach and tropical aromas alongside delicate hints of vanilla and brioche. On the palate, there is a creaminess from the bâtonnage, supported by notes of ripe stone fruit and hazelnut.
The grapes for the Chardonnay are sourced from El Coto's Finca Carbonera estate, at 875 metres above sea level, making it the highest vineyard in Rioja and ideal for the new white grape varieties approved by the Rioja Regulatory Board. A wide diurnal range aids the slow, steady ripening of the grapes, ensuring they retain fresh acidity and perfumes.
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from humble beginnings into one of the best-known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has approximately 800 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental. This makes them the largest vineyard owner in Rioja and gives them great control of the quality of the grapes which go into their wines, the majority of which are sourced from their own vineyards.