Calmel and Joseph Villa Blanche Chardonnay (750ml)
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Calmel and Joseph is a traditional Languedoc farmstead marked by history. Evidence of vines cultivated on the estate dates back to the 16th century. Today the domain produces wine and cultivates an array of other local crops. It benefits from a privileged high altitude position and excellent soils of sandy clay and chalk with outcrops of limestone rock. The entire estate is now farmed organically; they use no chemical inputs, whether it be pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, but only natural products in extremely low doses such as sulphur or tiny amounts of copper, and principally plant extracts and essences. The work consists of re-establishing life in the soils . There is no deep ploughing, but only surface raking. Soils analyses carried out each year determine the best course of action to obtain rich, living, balanced soils.
The Villa Blanche Chardonnay has a delicate nose of white peach, dried apricots and floral notes. It is medium bodied and round in the mouth balanced fruit and acid and just a whisper of spice and well integrated subtle oak. This is a well made and beautifully balanced Chardonnay that will appeal to those who love unoaked versions as well as those who prefer an oakier style; it really strikes that perfect middle. Pair with seafood, roast chicken, turkey dinner, baked Brie with walunts and pears.
To make this wine, the grapes are harvested in two separate passes; the first round of picking occurs in an earlier stage of ripeness to contribute freshness and acidity in the wine, then second round happens 15 days later to obtain grapes with more developed concentrated fruit and aromatics. The grapes are then de-stemmed, fermented in stainless steel, and undergo no malolactic fermentation. 30% of the wine ages for three months in oak barrels.