Baettig Vino de Viñedo "Los Parientes" Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén 2020
  • Chardonnay
  • Volcanic
  • Dry
  • Residual Sugar: 4 g/l
  • Medium Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13% alc./vol

Baettig Vino de Viñedo "Los Parientes" Chardonnay D.O. Traiguén 2020

Traiguén, Chile
Regular price $36.95per bottle ($443.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Mineral & Elegant

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Baettig is the family project of winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig (Errázuriz) and Carlos de Carlos in Traiguén, some 600 kilometers south of Chile. They planted 15.4 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on volcanic soils in 2013 and the first wines are hitting the Ontario market for the first time now.

These wines come from from a combination of parcels at Viñedo Los Suizos that deliver lively and juicy wines with tremendous fruit intensity. Los Parientes (the relatives) refers to the closeness of the different components within the same vineyard.

This Vino de Viñedo "Los Parientes" was made with Chardonnay grapes grown in Malleco, in the appellation of Traiguén. Malleco is a land of wild forests, beautiful lakes, active volcanoes and abundant rain in the southern Chilean region of La Araucanía. The ancient volcanic soils of this area are composed of pyroclastic volcanic breccia of andesite lava, with clay to loam texture. The abundant rainfall throughout the year allows Baettig to practice a dry-farming viticulture.

The grapes were harvested during the first two weeks of April, and pressed with whole cluster. The juice fermented in barrels with native yeasts, and was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels—10% in new 400L casks.

The nose is austere, pure and elegant with citrus aromas of orange blossom, lime and lemon peel, with faint notes of linden, verbena, pear and dried fruits such as almonds and walnuts. In the mouth, its mineral notes and tension stand out. It is a linear wine with vibrant acidity and a dry, long and mineral finish.

 

About the Winery

Baettig

Francisco Baettig and Carlos de Carlos have been friends for more than 20 years and share a passion for high-quality wines that are genuine and portray a sense of their origin.

Their family had arrived in Traiguén and Purén from Switzerland in the 19th century, and worked in agriculture in a region of volcanoes, lakes, forests and abundant rain. Their families grew up surrounded by silos, cows, wagons, horses and wheat fields. 
Francisco and Carlos' passion for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, together with their love for the land of their ancestors, was the inspiration for making their own wine in those terroirs. Malleco now produces tremendous wines, and Bodega Baettig is a vital member of that small but energetic community of producers. 

They have nine hectares of Pinot Noir and 6.4 hectares of Chardonnay that they planted in 2013.  In the first years, the fruit was sold to some leading producers in Chile (PS García, De Martino, Undurraga), and the results were very promising. They fermented their first wines in 2017, are 2020 is the first vintage that will arrive to the Ontatio market.

Press Reviews

Robert Parker

93 points

The entry-level white is the 2020 Vino de Viñedo Los Parientes Chardonnay, produced with dry-farmed grapes from the Los Suizos vineyard in Traiguén first produced in 2019. 2020 was extremely warm and dry in most of winemaking Chile, but in Traiguén, it was moderately warm and "only" rained 815 liters, delivering a good crop of very healthy grapes that were picked early. The wine is low in alcohol (13%) and has a pH of 3.1 and 6.63 grams of acidity (measured in tartaric acid) and was produced fermenting the juice of the full clusters in barrel (10% new), where the wine matured for 10 months. This is subtle, elegant and varietal, with purity and in the house style of balance and harmony. The wine is clean and precise, with floral and citrus notes, transparent, with unnoticeable oak and great freshness. 15,420 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2021. 

Baettig is the family project of winemaker Francisco "Pancho" Baettig (Errázuriz) in Traiguén some 600 kilometers south of Chile. He planted 15.4 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on volcanic soils in 2013. The projection is to produce 55,000 bottles in 2021, and the potential of the vineyard Los Suizos (the Swiss, as they are Swiss in origin) is 90,000 bottles.

Wine Align

93 points - Michael Godel

Baettig’s ancestral lineage can be followed back to Switzerland when in the late 19th century the move to Chile finds the family settled on the lands around Traiguén and Purén. This is chardonnay produced 600 km south of Santiago and you may recognize the name Francisco Baettig, winemaker at Viña Errázuriz since 2003. He and Carlos are behind this volcanic soil raised and engrained wine from Viñedo Los Suizos (meaning The Swiss for those of you scoring at home) and my is this a wine to be thought upon as singulares. único and extraordinaro. Salty and of a tannic aridity multiplied by a mouthfeel so beautifully distracting. You want to think of this as being reductive, flinty and smouldering but it’s really none of those at all. What it is instead is sharp, pointed, seamless, focused, cracking a tough love whip and like nothing else out there. Also, bloody delicious. Estupendo. Drink 2022-2027. Tasted May 2021.

92 points - David Lawrason

This chardonnay hails from the southern region of Traiguen, even farther south than Bio Bio, where winemaker Francisco Baettig formerly of Errazuriz has planted cool climate chardonnay and pinot noir in volcanic soils. This is a fulsome yet refined chardonnay with very carefully placed oak cedar and nutmeg spice around ripe yellow pear. This is both generous and discreet with excellent focus and length. Tasted May 2021