(2022) 50% new barrels for this plus 50% one year old, a lovely almond and creamy nose, very classy with a touch of toffee and ripe but refined stone fruits. The palate has lots of creamy weight and texture, the fruit nutty like Cox's Pippins and touching into peach, then a delicious acid balance, a touch of saline character in the finish.
(2012) The Chardonnays of Limoux in the Languedoc are relatively scarce on UK wine shelves, but quality of wines, especially from a clutch of small producers (the local co-op is responsible for the vast majority of production) is extremely high. This barrel fermented and aged wine comes from selected vineyard parcels and has a nose that is at once pretty and rich. Subtle white flower and hazelnut notes join juicy orchard fruits. On the palate the oak ageing and lees stirring adds an oatmeally, limpid weight, but the citrus acidity streaks through with lime at the core, the flesh of the mid-palate building all the time. A fine, expressive Chardonnay with savoury appeal but precision too.