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Maison Ventenac Les Préjugés
"It’s not like me to age white wine in oak barrels. Barrel-ageing is really not my thing, but since contradiction and experimentation most definitely are, I decided that this type of maturation process might just be suited to this finely chiseled, mineral Chardonnay. And what a nice surprise this idea proved to be! It goes to show that only fools never change their minds". A winemaker who’s no fool
100% Chardonnay and declassified as Vin de France with low yield of 30 hectoliters per hectare, pneumatically pressed, fermented in stainless steel and aged in 2000 liters oak barrels for 4 months with only 30% undergoing malolactic fermentation.
Ripe pear, gooseberry and green apple on the nose. On the palate, it has a crisp pear drop flavour, but no sweetness, alongside baked apple with lemon zest edges. there’s a hint of wood spice around the edges from the aging in barriques with a vein of mineral chalkiness. This is a ripe Chardonnay with grapefruit and exotic notes but also with freshness and a touch of minerality. The barrel ageing gives this juicy wine a pleasant nutty finish.