Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador 2005
Aldo Conterno’s family has been producing great Piemontese wines for more than five generations. Since setting up on his own after splitting with his brother Giovanni (who kept the Giacomo Conterno label), Aldo has been in the front rank of Piemontese producers. He has been an innovator of great importance and this dynamism has been passed onto his sons, who now run the winery. Light gold in colour, with a perfumed, spicy nose, the 2005 Bussiador has aromas of tropical fruit, together with buttery, vanilla notes. On the palate it has excellent balance of ripe, rich fruit and an elegant acidity. Long and creamy on the finish.
Editorial Reviews for Conterno Chardonnay Bussiador
Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are done in 100% new barrique with a light+ toast level. The highest part of the Favot estate to the northeast of the property from 30 year old vines. Opened at cellar temperature this had fairly explosive and complex aromatics. Starting off slowly with a touch of banana and sandy soil notes this quickly adds a touch of incense, candle wax, some obvious toast notes and lightly candied pineapple. With air this gets progressively spicier with candied ginger notes and pie spice tones then top notes of apple blossoms/small yellow apples emerge. Very bright acids at first yield impressive concentration and while this is 14.9% alcohol it doesn’t feel hot and is well balanced. Richly flavored with complexity that matches the nose, layered with toasty notes accenting dried fruit tones followed by slatey, almost salty minerality. Giovanni comments that this is the terroir of Barolo after all. Finishes with good length and a touch of tannin. The wood is obvious but well integrated as is the mouth-watering acidity that leads to a finale of slightly salty butterscotch. Certainly an atypical Chardonnay but this is very interesting and well made. 91pts