2019 Scintilla 'Baies de Cherryville' Chardonnay Magnum
James Madden has been making excellent natural wine in the hills for a while now and we've been big fans from the get go, back when he went by the name Little Things. I guess Scintilla means the same thing really. He's an ex-sommelier and after tasting his wines you'd think he must have put together some pretty wild wine lists.
This Chardonnay has all of its fruit taken from a single vineyard in Cherryville. It's a different style to the regular Chardonnay from Scintilla. It's more serious. Still sulphur free, still unfined and unfiltered but this time with more fruit, more texture and also a really interesting oxidative note that brings back memories of the Jura. And it's in big bottles.