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Chardonnay Cru Selection 2020 - Marjan Simcic
Marjan Simcic


  Brda, Slovenia
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A barrel-aged Chardonnay pure revelation!


Why do we love it?
You're right if you thought you've tasted Chardonnay from all over the world. And why try this too? Because here we have something new, different, and also not random. Chardonnay Cru Selection comes from a leading producer in Slovenia and has just arrived in our hands, to reveal aspects of the variety that we had never imagined.
Marjan Simcic is one of the big names among Slovenian producers and belongs to the fifth generation of winemakers, since his family has a huge history of growing vineyards, since 1860. Their vines are divided between the wine-growing zones of Slovenia's Brda and Collio of Italy. The position of both is very advantageous since it is between the Alps and the Mediterranean. The soil there has a huge diversity resulting in 3 different categories of wines, depending on their composition, at the point where the grapes grow. At the same time, the age of the vineyards in some cases enhances the uniqueness even more, since it exceeds 55 years.
Chardonnay Cru Selection Marjan Simcic comes from vineyards with very special soils, the so-called Opoka, which are a combination of granite, sand, and clay and give very high-quality fruit, resulting in their classification as Grand Cru. The Chardonnay vines are 21-56 years old and the grapes, after manual harvesting and strict sorting, are placed in conical oak barrels (of 3000 liters), where they ferment with the grape skins for 2 days. After removing the skins, the wine remains for an additional 18 months, in contact with the lees, in slightly smaller barrels (2500 liters). The complexity is further enhanced when, after bottling, it remains in the bottle for at least 2 months, until it is released on the market.
All of the above will be unnecessary once you try it and understand exactly what it is all about. Time has already rounded it and has promised to treat it accordingly in the next 10-12 years!









Tastes Like
In the glass, it is a medium lemon with golden highlights. The aromas are particularly elegant, with ripe apple and pear dominating. Citrus notes such as lemon and citron zest lend a freshness, while aromas of cream, vanilla, honeycomb, tobacco, and ripe pineapple enhance its complex profile.
The mouth has a moderate (+) volume with refreshing acidity, which balances its oily texture. Apple jam, lemon, kumquat, ripe peach, and cream prevail, with hints of pineapple, lemon, brioche, and butter, creating a very elegant character with a long and slightly mineral, delightful aftertaste.
Technical stuff
Color White
Type Dry
Year 2020
Alcohol 13.5%
Origin Brda, Slovenia
Variety Chardonnay
Aromas Apple, pear, lemon zest, lemon, cream, vanilla, honeycomb, tobacco, pineapple
Bottle Size 750ml
Barrique 18 months
Serving temperature 12°C
Aging 8+ years
Closure Cork
Organic No



Pair it with lasagna in the oven with cheese and prosciutto, salmon fillet with orange sauce and honey

Chicken with lemon and macaroni

250g wholemeal macaroni
1200 gr. chicken drumsticks
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 carrots, diced
2 leeks, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
50ml lemon juice
1100ml hot chicken broth
80ml olive oil
4 allspice berries
1 cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
Freshly ground pepper

First of all, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a deep frying pan or casserole, put 40ml olive oil and sauté the chicken on all sides until it gets a light golden color. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, and leeks and sauté for another 2 '. Add the spices, the bay leaf, the thyme, the lemon juice, 500ml of the broth, salt, pepper and cook for 25 'on a medium heat.

Preheat the oven to 180o C.

Take the chicken out of the pot and keep it warm. Transfer the contents of the pot to a fireproof pan and add the Wholemeal macaroni, the rest of the broth, olive oil, pepper and salt as desired. Stir and bake for 20 'at 180o C. Then take the pan out of the oven, stir, add the chicken and cook for another 10 'at 180o C.

Serve it while hot with chopped parsley and parmesan if you like.


Eva Monochari

Food Blogger


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