With its attractive pale green robe with excellent clarity, Villa Blanche Chardonnay 2013 has a very expressive nose of white peach and dried fruits, with a just a hint of menthol. Full and round in the mouth, it is well-balanced, confounding our concerns for this harvest that was later than the previous year. Floral notes combined with mango and apricot are characteristic of this wine, year-on-year. The finish is spicy, with a light touch of wood.
IGP Pays d’Oc
Volcanic, clay and limestone.
The climate is typically Mediterranean, warm and sunny with low rainfall. Winters are mild, summers are hot and the usual dry conditions ensure that the grapes ripen fully. Vines are ploughed; no weed killer is used. Pruning is short to regulate the vine's growth and its yields.
The grapes are picked at night, in two passes. The first harvest is done at a relatively early stage in maturity, to keep freshness in the wine. Then 15 days later a second harvest is done, to get good concentration and varietal aromas. Grapes are destemmed and then macerated at 5°C for 4 hours. Fermentation is termpature-controlled 15°C (no malolactic fermentation).
Aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).
Recognition and awards
- RVF - Guide Rouge 15 / 20 Read article
- Collection IGP Oc - 2014 Cuvée Ambassadrice - Coups de Cœur ! Read article
- Jancis Robinson 16+ / 20 - An elegant Chardonnay ...! Read article
- TOP 100 Over 650 wines from some 220 producers were narrowed down to just 100 ! Read article
- Concours National des IGP de France Gold Medal Read article
- Decanter Commended
- Chardonnay du Monde Silver Medal
- Gilbert & Gaillard 2015 Gold Medal