Atamisque – Experienced Hands

Atamisque – Experienced Hands

The stone reveals the soul of the land

In the Uco Valley located in the district of San José of Tupungato, on the world renowned “Ruta del Vino”, one can see the “Atamisque” estate. Behind a charming stone wall, visitors are welcomed by a grove of poplars. After these first steps in the estate, one will already get a feel of the richness, diversity and peacefulness of this project. The owners John and Chantal Du Monceau invite you to discover and enjoy the harmony between leisure, recreation and the sound of nature.

The history of the region stretches back to Jesuit settlers who established an early Uco Valley farming enterprise in the 1600s. The Atamisque estate and winery is close by in Tupungato, the most northerly sub-region of the Uco Valley in Argentina’s famous Mendoza Province. Today, the estate is owned by a French-born, John Du Monceau and his wife, Chantal, whose grandfather had been a winemaker in Burgundy.

Bodega Atamisque

The modern winery has quickly become a visual icon of the region, it’s the first you see as you drive into the valley on the famous ‘Ruta del vino’. With its beautiful slate roof crafted to an architectural style more commonly seen in the French or Italian Alps. Beneath the roof is a beautifully laid out winery, arranged so the grapes can be gently treated, with gravity deployed to move the grapes, juice and wine rather than pumps.

The 70 hectares of estate-owned vineyards are comprised of sand and alluvial soils overlaying the base made of rock. They are located at about 1,300 metres above sea level. Here, the grapes benefit from cool nights which extend the ripening period, and an increased luminosity: the sunlight travels through less atmosphere to reach the grapes.

Philippe Caraguel is the Winemaker and Winery Manager at Atamisque, he has been working with Argentine grapes for twenty years. Philippe has trained in France, notably with the renowned Moët & Chandon, Maison Drouhin and Château Malartic-Lagravière. At first, he was responsible for the grapes selected at Bodegas Chandon. With the Serbal range, Philippe has perfected the art of crafting wines with beautiful elegance and concentration without the use of oak, preferring to concentrate on the purity of the fruit at his disposal.

Our selection

For this year’s wine list we’ve added a few new examples from Bodega Atamisque that we are very excited to bring you.

Atamisque Serbal Viognier

With wonderful, delicate aromas of peach, mandarin and white flowers on the nose, this Viognier is a delight; elegant and really fresh in the mouth with perfectly balanced acidity and a delicious, long finish.

SILVER (2017) Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

Atamisque Serbal Pinot Noir

This has the classic pale ruby colour of great Pinot and the nose is full of enticing wild raspberry and strawberry aromas. In keeping with the Serbal style, the wine is fresh and lively in the mouth, with lots of juicy red fruit character completely unencumbered by oak. More like a really good Burgundy than a ‘New World’ Pinot due to these high-altitude vineyards and the deft touch of a winemaker who has spent much time in France – without the Burgundy price tag!

SILVER (2017) Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

Leaving of course room for a firm favourite of mine to continue to delight…

Atamisque Serbal Malbec

Grapes harvested in the Tupungato region of Mendoza, from vineyards over 1,300 metres above sea level, are employed in the production of this fruit-led Malbec. Production is carried out in a gravity-flow winery which allows the gentlest treatment of grapes, juice and wine as it is moved through the winery. Unoaked, the wine is afforded an extended ageing period prior to release. Intense ruby-red, the nose shows aromas of red fruit and violet; the palate shows plenty of that same red fruit, namely wild raspberry and strawberry with splashes of plum and damson flavours, finishing fresh and juicy.