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An Easy Summer White from France

5 Jun

Val de L’Ours Chardonnay 2010 is a country white from the Languedoc region of Southern France near the Mediterranean Sea, cultivated and bottled by the Domaines de Rothschild (Lafite) group under the Chateau d’Aussieres label.

100% Chardonnay grapes are matured in stainless steel instead of barrels for this wine, it has a strong straw color and a gentle nose of lemony citrus and wildflowers. The palate is free of oak and demonstrates fresh lemon, grapefruit, crisp pear and some notes of fresh apple.

On the drier side of chardonnays, this wine has solid structure and its crisp acidity offsets the fruit to make it a slow sipping wine capable of being appreciated by the masses, even though it has limited availability with 5,000 cases produced annually. It’s extremely fresh and designed to pair well with meals, but can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but this is a more mature white, easily enjoyed by the connoisseur as well as the amatuer. An excellent vin du table that is easy to pair with fish, salad, or white meats, it’s a solid value at $10-12/bottle.

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