This oaked Chardonnay is from the region to the east of Carcassonne. It is presented with Burgundian packaging, yet has more natural ripeness than a Mâcon and more savoury character than the New World.
If you are looking for a Burgundian style of white wine for less than a tenner, this is perfect for you!
The start of the 2018 growing season was blighted with frost in mid Spring and then perhaps higher than ideal rainfall but this poor start led into an ideal, long, dry period from late spring through to Harvest. Night harvested by machine in order to limit oxidative stress and maintain freshness. The producer's own comments on the vintage: "we were very happy with our ’18 vintage wines. The winemakers just had to work a bit harder than usual to find the right quality.”
Grown predominantly on calcareous clay soils around the Languedoc's St-Chinian with an average vine age of 40 years old.
Direct pneumatic pressing followed by racking. 100% of the blend is fermented and aged with medium and med/high-toast French oak staves to produce a rich, buttery, nutty style. No use of malolactic fermentation is employed. The wine is kept on its fine lees for 4 months post-fermentation with regular batonnage to add texture and complexity.
Residual sugar = 2.9g/litre (ie dry).
It has lemon and vanilla on the nose with a round, fruity body and a hint of vanilla oak character. It has more ripeness than some of its Burgundian counterparts and it has more savouriness than wines that are typical of the New World; it is an intriguing wine that is sure to impress.
This is a highly versatile, lightly-oaked Chardonnay - ideal by the glass - and also fantastic with large/flake flsh, shellfish and white meats. Would also pair well with cream sauces and lightly spiced dishes.
This wine is suitable for begetarians and vegans.