75cl * 13% ABV * Haute Vallée de l'Aude, France
The nose is bright and lively with candied fruit, apricots and orange peel giving way to hints of toasted hazelnut and buttery brioche. This reveals the secret of the quality chardonnays from this area - nothing overpowering, but the gentle oak touch is there. On the palate this wine is harmonious. The smooth, slightly nutty character leads on to gingerbread notes. This is a wine with great balance – there is an underlying acidity that ensures longevity and elegance.