Domaine de Brau Chardonnay, 2010

25 Feb

Domaine de Brau, Chardonnay 2010 (Astor Wines, $10/bottle)

This is a nice value chardonnay from the Languedoc region, a small vineyard north of Carcasonne, France. With a straw color and a nose of citrus and herbs, it has a dry palate with a well- balanced fruit blend of pear, apple, lemon, oak, and a touch of sandstone on the gentle finish. Organically grown grapes pressed lightly and aged in 50% new oak comprise this wine with enough body to stand up to rich, savory dishes and powerful cheeses while it can still complement lightly flavored courses of fruit or vegetables. This is a convenient bottle to have on hand when you want a hint of the Mediterranean.

Winemakers Gabriel and Wenny Tari have a website and blog with some very personable touches; if you want to explore it all a good understanding of French is helpful while some pages are indeed in English.

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à votre santé!

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