The wines of Montsablé are inspired by the desire to craft elegant Burgundian varietals from Southern France.
Working with growers in cooler sites of lower vigour, they seek out fruit that delivers clean fruit flavours and great balance. Minimal oak is used resulting in Chardonnay with great palate weight, bright fruit and texture while the Pinot positively sings with lifted cherry and wild strawberry fruit.
The vineyards are planted on the plains and foothills in the south of France, in the Haute Vallee of Limoux which are the cooler sites there and the best for Chardonnay and Pinot due to slower ripening and better levels of acidity.
The must is lightly clarified before fermentation in order to express the varietal aromas of the Chardonnay. The maceration temperature is kept quite high (20°C) in order to avoid notes of basic fermentation. Maturation on fine lees and in stainless steel vats for a part of the cuvée. 20% is oaked with french wood.
Time: 3 months
% wine oaked: 20
% new oak: None
A bright yellow gold hue and seductive scents of blossom and cinnamon spice. A remarkable melange of pears, peach, honey toffee, cream and vanilla (from a short spell of oak ageing) on the palate. Beautifully balanced with ripeness, acidity, length and real structure. A very classy Chardonnay
A great match for fish or roast chicken