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Castillo de Monjardin Chardonnay Unoaked El Cerezo 2018

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    This wine is named for the cherry tree or "El Cerezo" which grows in the middle of the estate vineyard. Its limestone and clay soils, coupled with a microclimate that allows for a long, cool growing season, make this vineyard prized for producing some of the best Chardonnay in the Navarra, if not Spain itself. The grapes are cold-soaked on their skins for eight hours, so despite the fact that it sees no oak, the final wine shows richness and creaminess balanced by a lovely acidity.
    • Vintage: 2018
    • Appellation: D.O. Navarra
    • Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
    • Aging period:  Stainless steel tanks
    • Oak: N/A

    Tasting notes

    Youthful lemon-green in color, this wine shows fresh aromas of green apples, tropical fruit, white flowers, and a hint of almonds. The ripe flavors continue to unfold on the palate, with concentration, depth, and creamy minerality

    Food Pairing

    This wine is a perfect accompaniment for roast pork tenderloin, chicken saltimbocca, or crabstuffed flounder.


    Tucked in the foothills of the Pyrenées along the French Border in Navarra, Castillo de Monjardín’s estate was originally a way station along the famous pilgrimage route from Paris to Santiago de Campostella. Its proximity and historic cultural links to France provide a winemaking tradition based on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, distinct from the rest of Spain. Monjardín does, however, make good use of the Garnacha that has made Navarra famous for its fresh, fruity rosés and lush, fruit-forward reds.

    Monjardín’s unique microclimate and the winemaking skills of proprietor-winemaker Victor Villar yield wines of singularly intense aroma, full flavor and firm structure. All wines are single-vineyard bottlings, fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak.

    Ramiro Cruza Le Bihan was born in Bilbao, Spain. With a French mother and Spanish father, he grew up in a bicultural household and speaks fluent French and Spanish.

    In 1993, Ramiro enrolled at the Universidad de Navarra, where he earned a degree in pharmacology. The following year, he decided to pursue his lifelong love of wine by entering the oenology program at the Universidad de La Rioja, from which he graduated in 2002. During his studies, he worked as a laboratory/winemaking assistant at Bodegas Roda in Haro.

Shortly after graduating, Ramiro joined Bodegas Castillo de Monjardin. Today, his role at the winery encompasses a wide range of responsibilities including vineyard management, laboratory analysis, quality control and cellar management.