`875m Finca Carbonera` Rioja Chardonnay


El Coto

El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from...

modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker César Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.

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The grapes for the Chardonnay are sourced from El Coto's Finca Carbonera estate, at 850 metres above sea level, making it the highest vineyard in Rioja and ideal for the new white grape varieties approved by the Rioja Regulatory Board. A wide diurnal range aids the slow steady ripening of the grapes, meaning they retain fresh acidity and perfumes.

Vintage Information

Spring and summer were very warm and the harvest started 15 days earlier than the previous vintage, finishing before the end of September. The weather in September was exceptionally cold, allowing the grapes to mature slowly. 2017 was a particularly dry vintage, resulting in very low yields. A lack of rainfall during ripening produced grapes of extraordinary health.


The Chardonnay grapes were destemmed, cold-macerated and gently pressed at the winery. Fermentation took place at 16ºC in 100% new, untoasted, French oak barriques. After fermentation, bâtonnage was carried out in order to increase complexity. All of the wine was aged for 10 weeks in oak after fermentation.

Tasting Notes

This fresh and succulent Chardonnay displays citrus, peach and tropical aromas alongside delicate notes of vanilla and brioche. On the palate, ripe stone fruit notes are supported by hazelnut and vanilla flavours, which are complemented by a creaminess from the bâtonnage.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Rioja
Winemaker César Fernandez
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 3.5g/l
Residual Sugar 1.7g/l