Domaine de Montcalmes - IGP Pays - Chardonnay - White - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
Looking at the whites, the 2017 Chardonnay aged in a combination of small barrels and demi-muid. It gives up lots of buttered citrus, melon and minty notes to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and elegant feel on the palate. This is a classy white that has a great mix of richness and freshness, and it should evolve nicely going forward.
Frédéric Pourtalié inherited 40 hectares of vines from his father, who was a member of the local Cave Cooperative, in the mid-1990s, and is now one of the fastest-rising stars in the Mediterranean firmament. A one-time stagaire with Alain Graillot in Crozes-Hermitage, then with the nearby and already stellar Languedocian estate Domaine de Grange des Peres, his aim to make top-flight Languedoc wine is being impressively realised. He runs the domaine with the help of his sister Murielle, with the handsome young winemaker Guillaume Goujon in the cellar. From their vines in Aniane, of which only the best 25 hectares are exploited, the Pourtaliés achieve extraordinarily meagre yields, sometimes as low as 10 but usually between 20 and 30 hectolitres per hectare. The red Coteaux de Languedoc is a blend of 65-70% Syrah with the balance made up of roughly equal percentages of Mourvedre and Grenache. Each parcel, Grenache galets roulets, Grenache calcaire, Syrah and Mourvèdre is vinified separately under indigenous yeasts, and the wine is then aged in one-to-three-year-old barriques. It is a richly yet gracefully layered wine, retaining an almost Burgundian balance and complexity. A little fine, full-bodied white is made from barrel-fermented Marsanne & Roussanne. The domaine practices organic methods in the vineyard, with sensible pickings of biodynamisme thrown in, and has been certified as organic since 2015.
Appellation: Vin de Pays de l'Herault
Producer: Frederic Pourtalie
Size: 25 hectares
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Age of the vines: 10 years
Culture: Organic / Biodynamic
Aging: 24 months in oak barrels
Total Production: 50,000 bottles