Le Riche Chardonnay - Boutinot

Le Riche Chardonnay 2019


Le Riche

With the same lightness of touch that makes Le Riche's reds frequent award-winners, this is small hands-off production at its best.

Meet the producer

Le Riche is a family run estate founded by Etienne Le Riche in 1996. Situated close to the historic town of Stellenbosch,...



Hand selected grapes are delicately pressed as whole bunches and then fermented in steel tanks and oak barrels (50% was inoculated with a yeast and 50% wild yeast). Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to ensure a firm acidity and retention of the fruit flavours. The wine was matured in 25% New French Oak, 25% Older French oak, 50% Stainless Steel Tank. The wines spent 4 Months in French oak barrels, then blended with the stainless steel portion. Thereafter 6 months on the lees in lined concrete tanks.

Tasting notes

Chablis freshness with lees contact and light wood influence obtained during 4 months in barrel. A fresh, lemony style with rich mineral, melon and citrus characters, hints of lemongrass and butterscotch. In the words of Christo Le Riche, "We make it to drink it!"This wine has all the best of the Chardonnay character whilst remaining poised and elegant, clean and fresh. The wine sees no malolactic fermentation to maintain the freshness and bite achieved in the fruit. Superb value for money!

Food match

Wonderful with roasted belly pork, grilled chicken, creamy pasta dishes... even sushi.