Verget Du Sud Vin de France Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$29.99
Here we offer Jean-Marie Guffens' (Guffens-Heynen and Verget) Chardonnay of the south. It's a blend of Chardonnay drawn from Guffens' own vineyard in Apt and from several other Luberon growers with whom Guffens has been working with for many years.
Luberon is in the western section of Provence running from Orange in the north, to Avignon in the south and to Apt in the east. This year the wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged for eight months on lees. From one of the world's great masters of this grape variety, this is a creamy-textured white with ripe orchard fruit, herby Provençal notes with some more exotic fruits that speak of the south. This type of rich, textured Chardonnay is a bit of an endangered species these days, but there is also plenty of the classic Guffens purity, precision and freshness to balance the layers. A bargain from the grower dubbed a "peerless winemaker" by France's most influential wine critic, Michel Bettane.
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