Domaine Montrose 2021 Chardonnay, Cotes de Thongue IGP
Item Number: 16704
Sub Region: Herault
Appellation/AVA: Cotes de Thongue IGP
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Soil Type: Chalky-clay, volcanic, siliceous-clay gravels
Winemaking Notes: Each terroir is vinified separately. The grapes are destemmed before a short skin contact or direct pressing. The fermentation temperature is maintained between 15°C to 18°C (59° F to 64°F) to enhance fruit flavors. The wines are blended after fermentation and then aged in stainless steel vats. They prefer to age in stainless steel versus oak to preserve freshness, fruit, and minerality. The Montrose Chardonnay is bottled during winter and spring.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, this Chardonnay has a lovely yellow color with green glints. The vibrant nose shows citrus and white peach. Elegance combined with roundness and freshness defines the palate. Drink young, chilled, and often. Pair the Montrose Chardonnay with salmon, white meat, and hard cheeses.
Farming Notes: Domaine Montrose is certified HVE 3 (Haute Valeur Environnementale level 3), which is the highest level of France's Environmental Value certification. It is a result of their efforts towards virtuous agriculture: planting 2,000 trees to preserve biodiversity, planting vineyard ground cover, pheromone dispensers, manual weeding, non-irrigated vines, etc. This certification complements their existing carbon neutral approach: to limit their impact on the planet, the Coste family has reduced their CO2 emissions to a minimum. They offset the rest by financing ecological initiatives.