2021 Chardonnay, ‘1000 Crowns’, Credaro
£165 per 6 bottle case in bond
Just 640 cases of 6 produced in the 2021 vintage.
Pale in hue, the aromas here suggest juicy peach, grapefruit and citrus with a certain smoky, leesy touch. Such a zesty style, with plenty of tension to underscore a beautiful fruit – all fully ripe stonefruits, nectarine, peach and grapefruit. The concentration is certainly not obvious, in fact the wine takes time to open – it is an energetic style with a saline note to the acidity as well as a gently creamy texture, yet the fruit is bold. So harmonious, beautifully poised, there is a sense that there is so much more to come in time, as is borne out by the fact that this 2021 just blossomed with air. Really intrigued to see how this performs in time as it seems to have a tight core of fruit. (SL) Drink : 2022-2032.
92 points, Erin Larkin, robertparker.com
This is routinely a powerful, concentrated wine, and despite the cooler year on display here, the 2021 1000 Crowns Chardonnay is no exception. Salted peach, apples, brine, rhubarb, a sprinkle of custard powder and exotic spice adorn both the nose and palate. The acid departs with a little flick of the wrist, but otherwise this is all in place. 2022-2035