Pays d'Oc Villa Blanche Chardonnay
Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a premium maison de négoce specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations (model based on Rhône specialist Tardieu Laurent), interacting with them from the initial vineyard management to bottling.
100% Chardonnay grown organically around the winery in the medieval region of Carcassonne on a clay and limestone terroir. 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. Handpicked at night, in two passes. Fermentation is temperature-controlled 15°C (no malolactic fermentation). 30% of the production is aged for 3 months in new French oak barrels.
Delicate floral aromas, wild honeysuckle and lemon verbena. Silky texture, soft herb and lemon veil drawn over white stone fruit. A light note of vanilla pod and cardamon. All the components are there, drawn in by a tense thread of acidity. Dry, understated and rather lovely. Surprisingly long.