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Producer: BellefontaineGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Clean crisp fruity white wineAlcohol by Volume: 13%Country: France
Tasting NoteRipe and aromatic pear with a touch of fresh peach, fresh and zingy in the mouth starting off with gummy mineral tones then getting fuller and peachier,quite concentrated fruit flavour but balanced by crisp acidity.
Producer DetailsThe Oc, or ‘Pays d’Oc’ as you’ll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as ‘Le Midi’. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine rosé) and Grenache Noir; as well as the ‘cépages améliorateurs’ (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. Eric Monnin, Boutinot’s winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domains, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on for example, softening harsh tannins in reds or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these ‘brut de cuve’ wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles they seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.
In The Vineyard
Made from Vin de Pays sourced from the Languedoc region in the south of France, the Bellefontaine range has established an international reputation forconsistent quality and value. Every year Boutinot winemakers select only quality parcels of wine from different estates and producers, each contributing keycomponents to the finished blend. Bellefontaine wines possess fine aromatics, pure fruit expression, fresh acidity, varietal character and above all, apersistent finish. The goal is to create a range of wines of consistent quality that are delicious to drink on their own but also complement food well.
Classically served with fish or salad. Enjoy chilled on its own as a refreshing alternative to oaked New World Chardonnay.
Awards & Press2010 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2012 - Bronze2008 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2010 - Gold list2008 Vintage: "Bright and fresh, the citrus and orange-blossom flavours really shine through to make this a great companion to poached white fish"Sommelier Wine Awards 2010, Judges comments
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