Calmel & Joseph, Villa Blanche, Chardonnay, 2018

Calmel & Joseph, Villa Blanche, Chardonnay, 2018

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Elegantly pale, shimmering, limpid. In this vintage that was wetter than previous years, the aromas remain powerful. We find the same notes of apricot, vine peach and aniseed that are characteristic of our Villa Blanche Chardonnay, with the discreet fragrance of vanilla and coconut in complement. The palate is perfectly balanced, fresh, fruity and dense at the same time, thanks to harvesting in two stages to ensure ideal ripeness, and the important work of blending. Full bodied and harmonious on opening with exotic notes of mango and citrus fruit, and finishing on supremely smooth toasted notes. The 2018 vintage offers a mouth-watering touch of salinity as a final note. We have remained faithful to the typical characteristics of this wine, but with perhaps more predominant freshness in this vintage.

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Vintage: 2018

Country: France

Region: Languedoc

Grape Varieties: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol by volume: 13.5%

Bottle size: 75cl

The terroir is volcanic, clay and limestone. The climate is typically Mediterranean, warm and sunny with low rainfall. Winters are mild, summers are hot and the usual dry conditions ensure that the grapes ripen fully. Vines are ploughed; no weed killer is used. Pruning is short to regulate the vine's growth and its yields.

The grapes are picked at night, in two passes. The first harvest is done at a relatively early stage in maturity, to keep freshness in the wine. Then 15 days later a second harvest is done, to get good concentration and varietal aromas. Grapes are destemmed and then macerated at 5°C for 4 hours. Fermentation is termpature-controlled 15°C (no malolactic fermentation)