Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T. 2017

Tenuta Rapitalà


As of the 2018 vintage, Tenuta Rapitalà’s Grand Cru has been renamed to Conte Hugues Chardonnay Terre Siciliane I.G.T., in honor of Tenute Rapitalà’s founder and a great winemaker.

The chardonnay is a fine expression of the character of the estate. The selected parcels feature the estate’s oldest vines, planted in 1982. Specific vinification techniques enhance its typicity and its prestigious bottle, with a relief of the ancient and noble coat of arms of the family of Hugues Bernard Count de la Gatinais, makes “Grand Cru” a wine that represents the strong personality, legacy and singularity of the estate.

Terroir: Fully-ripe fruit is harvested in August. White-wine vinification includes a gentle pressing and cold settling of the young must, part of which undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting and alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats.

Vinification: The grapes are picked in August when they are fully ripe and richness is at its maximum. The grapes are gently pressed and cold settled. Part of the must undergoes a short (12 hours) cold maceration, followed by classic decanting. Fermentation begins in stainless steel tanks. When the must achieves 4-5% alcohol, the wine is racked into French oak barriques where fermentation is completed. The wine then ages on its lees in French oak barriques for 9-12 months. It is then bottle refined for a minimum of three months before release.

Laurent de la Gatinais discusses Grand Cru

Additional Information

Pale gold color. The typical full, fruity, soft character of the chardonnay and the aromatic notes of the wood are evident on the nose. A round wine, with well-defined Mediterranean scents, full-bodied and satisfying with a long and lingering finish.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Sicilia IGT
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Loose clay
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.10 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.4 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Chardonnay

Recent Press

  • The Wine Advocate Author: Monica Larner
    Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
    "This wine is dedicated to the Conte Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais. I had the opportunity to meet the Conte during my first-ever big published work on Sicilian wine, in 2002 shortly before his passing. His charming simpatia could light up the entire island. The 2017 Chardonnay Grand Cru shows Sicilian puff pastry and candied orange with creamy ricotta aromas. The wine delvers that perfect sweet and sour intersection between citrus (like the candied orange peel) and creamy (like the ricotta) that the Sicilians excel at."
    Grade: 93+ points

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