Montagnac Chardonnay (£4.75) is an unoaked wine which has flavours of summer flowers, green apples, tart lemons and vanilla with a sherbet bite on the finish. In the mouth it is smooth and simple with good acidity and plenty of fruit flavours coming through with the added attraction that there is no presence of oak! It leaves you with a “clean” mouth feel unlike the Oaked Chardonnays at the other end of the spectrum which are heavier and has gone through a process called malolactic conversion/fermentation to give it a thicker, more viscous feel in the mouth.
Montagnac Chardonnay comes from Hérault in the Languedoc. The Languedoc-Roussillon region shares many terrain and climate characteristics with the neighbouring regions of Southern Rhone and Provence. The region stretches 150 miles from the Banyuls AOC at the Spanish border and Pyrenees in the west, along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the Rhone River and Provence in the east. The northern boundaries of the region sit on the Massif Central with the Cévennes mountain ranges and valleys dominating the area. Many vineyards are located along the Hérault River. Some of the vineyards are laid on top of ancient riverbed stones similar to those of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
If you'd like to learn more check out Nick's Blog: Discovering Montagnac Chardonnay.
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