Ideal as an aperitif with salads, white meats, and fish
Les Vignobles Foncalieu
Their parcels are spread out over many geographic zones giving a wide range of choices of degree and terroir to build complex wines. One part comes from around the village of Puichéric in the Minervois with great balance of fruit & natural acidity from the cool climate. The other sizeable production zone is just south of St. Chinian. Ideal as an aperitif, with salads, white meats and fishes. Fantastic with grilled prawns.
This wine is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors, with a dry and refreshing finish. Some buttery and slightly nutty notes can also be found on the palate.
Throughout their IGP vineyards we have limestone and clay soils. But the wind direction in Puichéric is usually Atlantic and quite cooler, bringing with it much more precipitation than the Mediterranean winds that blow over Beziers and onto St. Chinian. Traditionally, the chardonnay is planted in semi-fertile acidic soils for the acid we need for the naturally very ripe fruit profile.
With the help of a group of pioneering winegrowers, Foncalieu has committed to organic agriculture. It is a choice which requires more work and greater investment, to produce lower per-hectare yields. But it is a source of great pride to be able to offer consumers wines sprung from soils which are healthier and more alive than ever before.
They harvest at night, keeping the grapes cool with dry ice between the vineyard and the winery and pressing immediately after maceration with skin contact that lasts a few hours. For Chardonnay, they select yeasts that show off the fruit and leave the wine fat while supporting the low temperatures. We keep the wine very cool post fermentation to reduce the possibility of oxidation. The goal is a fresh and lively profile with nice weight in the mouth. After fermentation, the wines are racked off the fine lees and stored in temperature controlled tanks until bottling.