Domaine De Baron’arques – Le Chardonnay 2013 – Limoux

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Still white wine, quite low colour intensity, light straw yellow. The nose is pure and fresh, indicating a good ripeness. Some tropical fruits hints here, almost some hints of papaya and mango, yellow fruit. We might have a small hint of wood here; I get some nutty notes and some buttery hints, light touch of vanilla. The palate is dry, it’s quite medium towards full-bodied. Good degree of ripeness, well-integrated alcohol. Same fruity notes are coming back on the palate, yellow fruit, papaya, mango; however it still keeps that dryness and freshness. So well-made, but still in a rather warm climate style. Oak is less evident, if there’s any oak on the palate. I like the finish, because it’s more dry, just leaving a sense of that nice ripe fruit. Quite salivating, I would call it a gastronomic style, I would prefer to have this with something decent on the plate. Still youthful, it’s a style that I’d prefer in its youth. Attractive and fresh, from rather southerly latitudes.

Tasted by the Best Sommelier of the World, Andreas Larsson.