In a nutshell: Succulent and subtly savoury, there's a little bit oak character in this smooth and balanced Chardonnay
The lowdown: A high quality Chardonnay that certainly punches above its weight; candied peel, apricots and orange zest aromas give way to traces of toasty hazelnut and buttery brioche which reveal the gentle touch of a few old oak barrels used for maturing part of the blend. The velvety, light nuttiness even hints at a bit of gingerbread. Altogether it's got a great balance with a core acidity giving it real verve and energy.
Made from fruit grown in the Haute Vallée de LAude, in the shadow of the Pyrenees, where Chardonnay has a natural affinity benefiting, as it does, from the warm climate combined with high altitude allowing for longer and slower ripening. The result is lovely ripe fruit which retains a refreshing acidity.
When to drink: Just the sort of thing to match with the likes of chicken in a creamy sauce, wild mushroom risotto or pasta with clams in white wine.