Domaine Saint André Chardonnay 2016

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Didier Brenac and Yannick Pons are doing great things at this tiny domaine. Judges at Gilbert & Gaillard (France’s most prestigious wine guide) seem to agree with us – they awarded Didier and Yannick’s opulent Chardonnay a gold medal. Now it’s your turn to be the judge.

Founded in 1932 by Louis Brenac (Didier’s grandfather), Domaine Saint André lies in the Hérault Valley, near the 3,000-year-old hillside town of Oppidum d’ Enserune. Since Didier took the helm, he’s been on a mission to get the most from the estate’s vineyards, and with Yannik now in charge in the cellar, the wines are better than ever.

Yannik chose to harvest at night, then cool-fermented the grapes – both techniques that lock in freshness. Six months’ aging in fine oak barrels adds complexity to the “smooth, silky, quite concentrated palate” (Gilbert & Gaillard). Look forward to notes of brioche, vanilla and deliciously ripe tropical fruit (thanks to France’s superb 2016 vintage), followed by a long, luscious finish.

A tasty match for seafood dishes or soft, creamy cheeses. Hurry for your share of this small-batch Chardonnay.