Villa Blanche In-Store Tasting 25th of March 2017
Hello loyal patrons... This weekend we are show casing some wines from the Villa Blanche range, whilst we will be opening a few from their family collection I thought this particular varietal was worthy of a mention.
Villa Blanche Chardonnay is a stunning award-winning Chardonnay from the Languedoc. Floral and apple aromas with lovely texture in the mouth and a satisfying finish. Gold Medal winner in the top 50 of Chardonnay du Monde 2013. It is amazing value and can rival some white Burgundies at a fraction of the cost. It is a wine to really challenge those who profess not to like Chardonnay.
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 de-stemmed and then macerated at 5°C for 4 hours. Fermentation is temperature-controlled 15°C (no malolactic fermentation).
Aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).
If you have some spare time this Saturday and you need to stock up come down to see what all the fuss is about. As per usual tasting is completely complimentary, so let Calmel & Joseph sway your opinion on Chardonnay.
Cheers Kevin & Matt
Here is a sneak preview of what we have in-store for you to try.
- Kevin Metcalfe