Year: 2019 | Country: France | Region: Languedoc-Roussillon | Volume: 1.5Ltr | Grape: Chardonnay | ABV: 12% | Food Match: Aperitif, Pasta, Salad
Winemakers Stephanie & Olivier Ramé, a husband and wife team, are the third generation of their family to run the show at Maison Ventenac. Their vineyards are in Cabardès, the only Languedoc appellation that allows both Atlantic and Mediterranean grape varieties, so offering a unique exploration of flavors. The village is famed for its limestone, chalky soils, which they say gives their wines their saline & fresh characters. The winemaking philosophy is to allow their unique terroir to shine through in the wines, presenting them as naturally as possible and raising in tuns, terra cotta urns and concrete vats to enhance their purity.
Ripe pear, gooseberry and green apple on the nose. On the palate, it has a crisp pear drop flavor, 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 ageing gives this juicy wine a pleasant nutty finish.
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