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CHARDONNAY

«PASSION»

 

 

Grape variety

Chardonnay

 

Classification

Malans, AOC Graubünden

 

 

Vinification

Burgundian Chardonnay, fermentation and aging in used and 30% new Burgundy barrels, Premier Cru type, single vineyard.

 

Wine description

light golden yellow, classic Burgundy-style Chardonnay with a fine apricot and honey bouquet, full, mineral palate with spicy wood aromas. Terroir wine with long aging potential.

 

Food pairing

good food companion that goes perfectly with fish, seafood, white meat as well as pasta, and cheese dishes.

 

Vintage 2020
89/100 points
very good

Wein-Plus

Clear, polished, a little planty to herbaceous and delicately smoky aroma with fine, bright yellow fruity notes. Tart, juicy, youthful fruit with nutty to delicately woody and again also smoky notes, very fine acidity, some grip, lasting on the palate, slight warmth and a certain melting, quite clear minerality, good depth, very good, firm, again a little smoky finish with tension and delicate bitterness.

| 2022 until 2026+

Vintage 2019

92/100 points

Favorite wine of the jury

Wein-Plus
 
Clear, rather cool, firm and calm, at the same time animatingly fresh bouquet with restrained, bright yellow-fruity and fine yeasty aromas, nutty traces and certain minerality. Firmly woven, polished, fine-juicy, bright fruit, very fine acidity, mouth-watering, yeasty and somewhat planty notes, clear, salty minerality, persistent, slightly nutty, good depth, has tension, power and elegance at the same time, very good, fine-juicy, relatively cool finish with tension. First class
 
| 2021 until 2027+

Vintage 2019

18/20 points

Schweizer Weinzeitung / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, strong, fruity, creamy bouquet, citrus, apricot blossoms, honey, mint, chalk, fine nougat. Balanced, dense, fruity, fresh palate with creamy, fine fruit, well-integrated acidity, dense, creamy structure, varied, strong aromas, long, full finish.
 
|2023 until 2038

Vintage 2018

93/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
Bottled in August last year, the 2018 Chardonnay "Passion" opens pure, fresh and complex on the reduced and focused, rather more mineral than fruity nose that nevertheless displays ripe and intense white fruit with lemon aromas and notes of crushed limestone. On the palate, this is a dense, very intense and juicy as well as tightly woven Chardonnay with remarkable grip and freshness for 2018. This is a terroir wine par excellence, and the structured finish is long, salty, nicely bitter and tannic, indicating excellent aging potential. I never thought 2018 would have brought such delightful Chardonnays. Tasted in January and February 2020.
| 2020 until 2038

Vintage 2018

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
Dense, creamy, mineral bouquet, candied citrus fruits, hazelnuts, passion fruit, vanilla powder. Tightly interwoven, elegant, fruity palate with a finely creamy structure, varied, sweet aromas, very well integrated acidity, long, fresh finish.
 
| 2023 until 2045

Vintage 2018

92/100 points

Favorite wine of the jury

Wine Plus
 
Tart nose, delifcate, partly driedd vegetal and herbaceous notes, nutty notes, restrained citrus and pomaceous fruit aromas, floral traces, light mineral notes. Clear, fairly firm, fairly cool fruit on the palate, elegant, lively acidity, light grip, juicy, light vegetal, herbaceous and floral notes, touch of oak, hiunt of red berries, fairly prominent mineral notes, good persistence, some bite, touch of sugar candy, still undeveloped, very good, firm, juicy, slightlyspicy finish.
 
| 2020 until 2026+

Vintage 2017

92/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
Vinified in oak (one-third new), the 2017 Chardonnay Passion is intense in color and aromas: warm, ripe and rich. On the palate, this is a very elegant, refreshing, tight and densely woven Chardonnay with good tension and a good long, juicy and salty finish. 
| 2019 until 2029

Vintage 2017

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, strong, fresh bouquet, yellow fruits, chalk, mint leaves, passion fruit. Balanced, finely creamy, elegant palate, velvety fruit, very good acidity, strong, fragrant aromas, dense structure, very long, fresh finish.
 
| 2020 until 2038

Vintage 2016

92/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The 2016 Chardonnay Passion displays a radiant golden-yellow color and opens with a clear, concentrated, beautifully aromatic bouquet with remarkable precision and crystalline expressions. One the palate, this is a fruity, well-structured and juicy Chardonnay that has remarkable finesse and is already beautiful to drink. The finish is pure, salty, spicy and highly stimulating and dense. It is full-bodied but elegant and tensioned. Gorgeous. 
| 2019 until 2030

Vintage 2016

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, fine tart, closed bouquet, pears, fine citrus, glacier sweet, slate. Dense, silky, elegant palate, fine fruit, sweet aromas, fine, ripe acidity, long, full finish.
 
| 2019 until 2034

Vintage 2015

91/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
Donatsch's 2015 Chardonnay Passion opens very clear and aromatic on the nose, with a nice spicy background coming from the calcareous detritic cone, as well as the barrel aging. On the palate this is a full-bodied, elegant, dense and powerful, yet fresh and aromatic Chardonnay with grip and a still somewhat astringent finish. Good tension and aging potential here.
| 2018 until 2024

Vintage 2015

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, elegant, strong bouquet, white peach, pear, fine glacier sweet, hazelnuts. Balanced, velvety, fresh palate, dense, fine fruit, very well integrated acidity, strong aromas, long, full finish.
 
| 2018 until 2032

Vintage 2014

17/20 points

René Gabriel
 
possibly still has a certain filling shock? The color with still pale yellow. Herbal nose with some fruit, not very communicative. On the palate it shows the great vintage, although it is still rather sour at the beginning, but you notice the consistency and also the further potential. A bit of patience is required and I think that it could catch up with 2013 in a slightly cooler form.

Vintage 2014

17/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Mineral, silky, fresh bouquet, dried pears, chamomile, linden blossom, fine bergamot, mint. Balanced, velvety, fresh palate, strong, sweet aromas, creamy structure, good, ripe acidity, long, fresh, varied finish. Can still improve.
 
| 2017 until 2028

Vintage 2013

91/100 points

Wine Advocat - Robert Parker
The golden-yellow 2013 Chardonnay Passion displays a ripe and matured bouquet. On the palate, it is full-bodied, dense, fresh and pretty powerful and concentrated but lacks a bit of the mineral precision and freshness of the younger vintages. The wine is well-structured but doesn't have the stimulating purity and mineral freshness on the finish.  
| 2018 until 2026

Vintage 2013

18/20 points

René Gabriel
 
is now sputtered out of the start box. If it was still closed in the spring, it is now increasing and showing its ingenious vintage basis. The color with lightening yellow. The nose with honey, ripe, yellow fruit, without applying tropical touches. Concentrated on the palate, with delicate tannins in the extract and ending with an impressive array of aromas in the finale. An ingenious exceptional passion with sheer unique quality.

Vintage 2013

18/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Elegant, fresh, delicate, fragrant bouquet, Williams pears, blackcurrants, buttercups, vanilla powder. Tightly interwoven, velvety, fresh palate, fine, sweet fruit, diverse, powerful aromas, very well integrated acidity, finely creamy structure, long, fragrant finish with sweet back flavors.
 
| 2017 until 2030

Vintage 2013

17.5 / 20 points

Vinum
 
Noble, still subdued aromas of fresh herbs, with a hint of citrus. Finely structured and very clear on the palate. Carried by a wonderfully present, very juicy and refreshing acidity.
 
| 2015 until 2022

Vintage 2012

17/20 points

SWZ / Swiss wine magazine
 
Full, velvety bouquet, hazelnuts, fine alpine butter, various herbs, mint, balanced, full, finely opulent palate with good, full fruit, fine acidity, strong, sweet aromas, very long, full finish
 
| drink until 2028