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2018 Domaine de Castelnau, ‘Les Ronces; Chardonnay,  IGP Pays d’Oc, France

Soft ripe orchard fruits with just a hint of nuts. Rich and ripe on the palate with generous apple and citrus acidity.

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

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2018 Domaine de Castelnau, ‘Les Ronces; Chardonnay,  IGP Pays d’Oc, France

Tasting Note

Soft ripe orchard fruits with just a hint of nuts. Rich and ripe on the palate with generous apple and citrus acidity.

Food Pairing

Grilled Bream. Trout with almonds.

Production Methods

Mechanical harvest at night to preserve the aromatic potential. Cooling of the harvest after de-stemming and gentle crushing. Soft pressing Fermentation temperature control and ageing on fine lees. Limited use of sulphite additions.

Producer Info

This ancient domaine which can trace its roots back to the 13th century, is located on both the plains and rolling garrigue near Pézenas in the Picpoul de Pinet appellation. It is owned and run by Beatrice and Christophe Muret, who have chosen to concentrate on varietal wines and only make a small quantity of Picpoul de Pinet. There are 100 hectares in total which are farmed following lutte raisonné, keeping environmental impact to a minimum.

Regional Info

Pezenas is a sub-appellation of the Languedoc appellation in southern France. It is one of several Languedoc sub-appellations, all of which are located on the coastal plains between Narbonne in the west, Montpellier in the center and Nimes in the east. The area covered by the title is demarcated by the Herault river in the east, the Montagne Noire hills in the north and the Faugeres viticultural area in the west. The town of Pezenas, which gives the title its name, is located at the southern end of the catchment area, and also marks the northern limit of the neighboring Picpoul de Pinet sub-appellation.

The climate here is obviously Mediterranean, with long, hot summers and relatively mild winters helping to bring the grapes to full phenolic ripeness.

The Pezenas title is reserved exclusively for red wines made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. The local, but less respected varieties Carignan and Cinsaut were once widely used here but are now limited to a maximum of 30% in any Languedoc-Pezenaswine. The altitudes of the vine-growing land in Pezenas vary from sea level (on the flat coastal plains in the south) to 1000ft (300m) in the higher areas to the north-west. At this point, the Peyne river – a tributary of the Herault – is dammed by a man-made reservoir, which provides a vital source of water for the otherwise very dry region.

Despite the relatively small size of the area, the Pezenas terroir is measurably varied from north to south. In the north, the terrain alternates between garrigue (the archetypal Provencal landscape of herb-strewn scrubland on limestone soils) and jagged outcrops of ancient rock. The precise local topography and the presence of the Bassin de Thau lagoon mean that the maritime influences here are much less pronounced than in the vineyards slightly closer to the coast.

At the northern end of the Pezanas zone is the village of Cabrieres, itself a recognized source of high- quality wines and a named terroir of the Languedoc appellation.

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2 reviews for Domaine de Castelnau, ‘Les Ronces; Chardonnay,  IGP Pays d’Oc, France, 2018

  1. Lynne Sefton

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    A fantastic Chardonnay.

  2. Lynne Sefton

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    One of the best Chardonnays I’ve tasted.

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