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August 26th, 2013

Vintage began in Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea

Domeniul Coroanei Segarcea has started vintage, with Chardonnay. Follow us in the next 2 months to get am image of what we are doing here step by step, as we will be constantly be posting photos of each process the grapes go through, from the vineyard to the winery.  The photos will be accompanied by an article about each grape.

            Chardonnay, the most contested star
            In all the movies in the late ’80s to early  ’90s, American housewives as well as career women would have a glass of Chardonnay in the evening. This is not necessarily wonderful advertising but it shows the level of popularity this grape used to have. Obviously, like any other product  which enjoys suddenly earned - or badly managed  - popularity, this grape also experienced the reverse: its presence everywhere lead to the emergence of the so-called  “ABC” (Anything But Chardonnay ) wine lovers.
            Fashion changes obviously and, less than two decades later, “ABC” was more often used for “anything but Cabernet”. But the fluctuations of fashion in different corners of the world changed nothing to this grape. Chardonnay is still the most cultivated international grape. I highlight “international”, because apparently the Spanish cult for Airen renders this local grape  the most outspread grape in the world, in surface (ha). If you imagine Romania twice as large, with four times more ha under vines and a deep affection for Fetească Regală, you will get an idea of what  Airen is, compared to Chardonnay. The latter is, nevertheless, cultivated from the US to New Zeeland and from Germany to South Africa.  
            The reason for which Chardonnay enjoys such popularity is simple: it can satisfy anytime, anywhere in the world, the palate of any white wine connoisseur. As it is basically a relatively neutral grape, it can be easily influenced by the terroir, by winemaking techniques and by selected lees.  So we have two classical expressions of its native country, France, in the mineral light wines of Chablis and the barreled buttery wines of Burgundy. One will say this is prejudice and that there is heavy flavored Chardonnay in Chablis and light wines in Burgundy. Indeed, but history has a great say in these definitions and it is only after 1850 that differences of style have become inter-regional.
             On the other hand there is the New World and the way the Tropic of Capricorn has influenced grapes like Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet and Merlot would have called for legitimate expectations: fresh, vivid, acid Chardonnay, exploding in flowers, pollen and white fruit. On the contrary: the South has chosen this grape to highlight its connection with Old Europe. Southern       Chardonnay is often barreled, buttery, dense, vanilla, apparently created to remind us that the work in the vineyard and the barrel quality manage to shade away borders.
             Like any other wine producing country that is still trying to define its identity, Romania is also seeking the most appropriate expression for this wine that can swing from ultrafeminine, aerial and evanescent to heavy, oaky and lenghty. 
             In Segarcea, which enjoys the greatest number of sunshine hours a year, Chardonnay expresses in any of these  valenţe. There an accessible and friendly Chardonnay, in Elite line; for this Chardonnay fermentation is stopped by filtration in order to maintain a drop of residual sugar.  There is the Prestige Chardonnay, in which the grape succees, relatively neutral and willing to take on the terroir characteristics, succeeds in telling the story of  the Domain in  Segarcea, with all the generosity of the land, of the sun and the care of people.  And finally, as barrelled and “raw” wine, Chardonnay is the backbone of the blend called “Honor”, one of the most awarded wines of  Minima Moralia collection, which grasped gold accolades in some of the most prestigious wine competitions –  Concours Mondial du Bruxelles şi Challenge International du Vin, just to mention a few. By way of conclusion, a lang awaited reversal : anything, but let it be a drop of Chardonnay!

<div style="\\&quot;text-align:" right;\\"=""> Radu Rizea, Journalist

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