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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Jean Bousquet Chardonnay 2006

Winemaker Jean Bousquet moved to Argentina in 1997 because the environment in Tupungato makes fungus less of a problem for grape growers than it is in his native France. Bousquet didn't like the fact that the typical practice in France is to treat vineyards at least twenty times per year with highly toxic chemical products; in his Argentine vineyards he can prevent fungus by treating his vineyards with copper sulfate and sulphur — both natural products — from three to five times a year. Bousquet believes that this, coupled with the sun, soil and altitude of his Argentine vineyards, enables him to consistently produce wines with plenty of body and flavor.

His Chardonnay is different from other Argentine Chards, no doubt a reflection of his French winemaking style. It's crisp and Chablis-like, with a fresh nose of spicy pear and a green apple flavor the holds through the finish. It's a really refreshing drink and would make an excellent deck wine. (If you're going to Florida this winter, take some along!)

Jean Bousquet's Chardonnay and Malbec — which I like very much and will review soon — are good, drink-now values at about $12 per bottle.
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:48 AM