Grapes are sourced from the wild, rugged landscape of Pays Cathare that surrounds the towns of Carcassonne and Limoux with its argilo–calcaire sub strata and home to the AOP Languedoc and Limoux but the vineyards do not stop with the AOP geographical limits and it is from these outskirts that we have sourced some exceptionally interesting wines. One of the great advantages of the region is that it benefits from enviable geographic and climatic conditions allying the warm Mediterranean sunshine which is tempered by the altitude and the cooler nights so characteristic of the foothills of the Pyrenees. These are ideal conditions allowing for the longer, slower ripening of the grapes, providing a superb base for the elaboration of wines that offer intensity, complexity and finesse. The traditional ‘noble’ grape varieties of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have a natural affinity here in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude, as does the less widespread Malbec (originally known in France as Cot). Made from mostly hand-picked grapes, this wine has been vinified in large, old oak barrels which impart texture and intensity.
Bright acidity gives way to green apple and brioche notes. Old oak barrels have added texture and given a toasted hazlenut twist. For those looking for a high qualtiy Chardonnay, this punches well above its weight.. Baked chicken with a creamy sauce, wild mushroom risotto or pasta with clams in white wine.
Les Volets Chardonnay, Haute Vallée de l'Aude, France
Appellation: IGP Haute Vallée de l'Aude
Grape Varietals: Chardonnay