Le Baron Chardonnay (from €13.33)
A Luxurious Handpicked Whole Bunch Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
The Le Baron Chardonnay is an elegant beautifully made white with more than a touch of class.
Hand harvest. Gentle pneumatic pressing of whole bunches. Cold settling, gentle racking to barrel for alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperature with natural and selected yeasts. No malolactic fermentation.
In French oak barrels (50% new 50% 1 year) for 9 months with stirring on lees.
The colour is pale yellow/straw. Citrus notes dominate the bouquet and integrate well with hints of tropical fruit and cedar and background nutty notes. On the palate riper fruit flavours feature. A rich mid palate is balanced by firm acidity that adds freshness, stability and length to the palate. Toasty cedar notes and a hint of biscuit linger with the support of a firm but balanced acidity.
Ready to drink immediately this wine also gains maturity and finesse with age and will keep well for several years.