Val St Pierre 'Vin De Pays D'Oc' Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$22.99
Mark Faber95 points
Sourced from selected vineyards in the area of Carcassonne & the Minervois where there is a predominance of clay and limestone soils, with grapes picked on flavour and yield. The wines are produced and bottled in association with Celliers Jean d'Alibert. The grapes were cold macerated then pressed, cold settled before fermentation. 30% of the Chardonnay was fermented in French & American oak barrels and remained on lees in barrel, with some stirring for 6 months. We wanted to make a Chardonnay that was satisfying, yet fresh and with a sufficiently interesting flavour to capture the imagination. From the outset, it was crucial that it would be a great accompaniment to food.
This is a fresh, pineappley-appley wine, with a subtle hint of oak & a touch of mango & ginger. Great by itself or to accompany all fish and white meat dishes. Will work well with oriental food.
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"Mineral, stony nose, followed by very pretty white flower elements, with hints of honeycomb and cinnamon. On the palate it is remarkably refreshing and crisp. aiming for Burgundian style over anything from the new world. The palate shows slate and a hint of lemon butter. Tight, tart citrus, white flowers, zesty lime and grapefruit roll through the palate. Outstanding value for money."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Languedoc-Roussillon is oft called by the abbreviated 'Languedoc' - It's the coastal region of southern France from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and borders with Spain. With over 3 times the amount of vines than the entire of Bordeaux it's a vast region that produces a lot of wine. Vin de Pays d'Oc and sparkling Crémant de Limoux are two of its most famous exports.
The regions history when it comes to wine is a long a rich one, however it is also home to some of the newest AUC appellations in France, like Cabardès, which was only officially recognised in 1999. The region is a haven for enthusiasts of wine on a budget, for it is here you can find some remarkably high-quality wines without breaking the bank. Given the higher amount of sun hours experienced in the South of France, the wines coming from there are more full bodied and rich than from other more prestigious regions.
In the recent past (1970's) Languedoc region was known to produce vast amounts of cheap wine that didn't help its reputation region at all, however a steady improvement now sees it responsible for producing some great value wines that are generally blends, though not entirely so. Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cinsault and Picpoul are some of the most common widely planted varietals. Grower cooperatives produce some remarkable wines alongside their more traditional winery neighbours.
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About the brand Celliers Jean d'Alibert
Established in 1978, Les Celliers Jean d’Alibert is a wine making and trading company. It is a member of the Union des Producteurs du Haut Minervois. Les Celliers Jean d’Alibert is situated in the Rieux-Minervois area, at the foot of the Black Mountain. A great diversity of soils and climates can be found across all the shareholding wineries, as well as many different grape varieties and varying methods of production. The result of such diversity is the ability to produce many different wine styles that are always authentic and generous.