Montsable Chardonnay 2021
The grapes here hail from the Haute Vallée of Limoux, which are some of the cooler vineyards in the region. Skin contact, maceration, the separation of free run juice from pressings and a temperature-controlled fermentation, with 20% of the wine spending three months in French oak to increase texture and complexity. Yellow straw in colour, this is a soft, fresh, bright and energetic style of Chardonnay, which should prove to be a crowd-pleaser. Notes of melons and citrus, with even a hint of mango emerging on the palate. And yet it remains all rather refined. The wine is of medium length with a flick of acidity making for a thoroughly enjoyable Chardy for drinking over the next couple of years.