Qupé Chardonnay, Y Block
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Qupé Chardonnay, Y Block - 2019

Item # 62044 750mL
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A rich and creamy Chardonnay made from the estate's Y Block site as well as grapes sourced from vineyards in Bien Nacido. Sip chilled or better yet drink with buttered popcorn and movie.


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Staff Pick Notes

Another incredible value from the talented team at Qupé, whose mission is to make wines with "Quality, Character and Balance”, and couldn’t we all use a bit more of those? This time it’s a classic cool-climate Chardonnay made in a traditional balanced style. Whole cluster pressed, chilled overnight, then right into (20% new) Burgundy barrels for fermentation and a nine-month journey to greatness. Zesty citrus and green apple light up the nose, with just a hint of oak and vanilla, then naturally fresh acidity balances out serious mouth coating satisfaction from aging on the lees. Fun fact, Qupé (pronounced kyoo-pay) is the Chumash Indian word for the California poppy, state flower of the Golden State. And don’t worry about that screw top friends! It will help it stay fresh for days, for a quick glass or a quick deglaze.

- SG

Astor's Glossary of Terms

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Chardonnay

From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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