“It’s not like me to age white wine in oak barrels. Barrel-aging is really not my thing, but since contradiction and experimentation most definitely are, I decided that this type of maturation process might just be suited to this finely chiseled, mineral Chardonnay. And what a nice surprise this idea proved to be! It goes to show that only fools never change their minds.
A winemaker who’s no fool”
100% Chardonnay and declassified as Vin de France with low yield of 30 hectoliters per hectare, pneumatically pressed, fermented in stainless steel and aged in 2000 liters oak barrels for 4 months with only 30% undergoing malo-lactic fermentation. Ripe pear, gooseberry and green apple on the nose. On the palate it has a crisp pear drop flavour, but no sweetness, alongside baked apple with lemon zest edges. There’s a hint of wood spice around the edges from the aging in barriques with a vein of mineral chalkiness. This is a ripe Chardonnay with grapefruit and exotic notes but also with freshness and a touch of minerality. The barrel aging gives this juicy wine a pleasant nutty finish.