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Kante’s Chardonnay is grown in pure gray limestone just minutes from the Adriatic, then aged on its lees for a year in old barrels in a three-story-deep cave carved out of the rock. It seems to have absorbed the essence of its surroundings: a brisk maritime wind and the dank scent of a cellar dripping with mineral water. The Chardonnay grape, in this case, is merely a vehicle for expressing the stark terroir of Friuli’s Carso zone.
|Vineyard:||14 years average, 1.8 ha|
|Soil:||Clay and Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged for 12 months in old barrels, then aged for 6 more months in stainless steel tank|
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch