Traditionalists head to Burgundy for complex, oak-aged Chardonnay. But high in the foothills near Carcassonne, southern France, the grape ripens to perfection in a special stony vineyard. The result: a luscious ripe white with zip and creamy length.
Admittedly there is something very special about Burgundy's finest whites and their intricacy of flavour. But they come at quite a price. We have discovered that, if you know where to look, there are remote, high-altitude sites within the Languedoc that can produce Chardonnay of real finesse, much like a good Burgundy. Winemaker Vivien Agostinho knows one such vineyard up in the Montagne Noire foothills, close to Carcassonne. The soil is very rugged and stony here, the climate cool, but the well-tended vines produce grapes of real class. Vivien loves to push the boundaries to produce a wine that really speaks of where it's from. Lees aged, it's a perfect balance of steely-fresh citrus and ripe stone fruits. Great with salmon or chicken.