Montsablé Chardonnay, IGP Pays d'Oc, France, 2020
Wines inspired by the spirit of place - ‘L’esprit de lieu’. The wines of Terres Fidèles are created in the Roussillon and surrounding regions, a place of remarkable stories where layers of history and cultures are embedded in the raw and wild landscape.
Authentic, crafted small batch wines. Wines of the wilds. Old vine Grenache, Carignan, Malbec, Cinsault, Viognier and more. Wines to share..., some of which, namely Felicette, Mont Rocher and Montsablé we have been proudly producing for some time.
The vineyards are planted on the plains and foothills in the south of France, in the Haute Vallee of Limoux which are the cooler sites there and the best for Chardonnay and Pinot due to slower ripening and better levels of acidity.
The must is lightly clarified before fermentation in order to express the varietal aromas of the Chardonnay. The maceration temperature is kept quite high (20°C) in order to avoid notes of basic fermentation. Maturation on fine lees and in stainless steel vats for a part of the cuvée. 20% is oaked with french wood.
Time: 3 months
% wine oaked: 20
% new oak: None
A bright yellow gold hue and seductive scents of blossom and cinnamon spice. A remarkable melange of pears, peach, honey toffee, cream and vanilla (from a short spell of oak ageing) on the palate. Beautifully balanced with ripeness, acidity, length and real structure. A very classy Chardonnay
A great match for fish or roast chicken