The Château Saint Roch Limoux Chardonnay is a dry white and is blended with 15% Chenin Blanc. The Chardonnay adds weight and richness whilst the Chenin adds a balancing freshness. Oak ageing along with other Burgundian practices such as malolactic fermentation and lees ageing add a lovely texture and savoury complexity to this fantastic wine.
Chateau Saint Roch Limoux Chardonnay has toasted bready notes lead on the nose, intertwined with fruits such as peach and pineapple and a touch of vanilla. The palate reveals a wine with good texture, refined elegance and minerality.
Saint-Roch grapes thrive on a mineral-rich soil. The grapes are picked by hand and gently crushed. Only the purest juice is selected and undergoes the first gisiting on its own lees. The wine then continues to mature for 8 months on French oak. Scents of pineapple, peach and toasted bread. Intense flavour with a mineral aftertaste.
A small enclave on the river Aude, Limoux is about 19 miles due south of Carcassonne. It is one of southern France’s hidden gems, best known for its sparkling Blanquette wine but now carving out a reputation for the quality of its still wines, which provide excellent value for money. Limoux’s elevation in the foothills of the Pyrenees moderates the extremes of the Mediterranean climate, making it much cooler than other Languedoc appellations and imbuing finesse to the wines. Château Saint-Roch has been in the Ginestous family since the 17th century. The current owner and guardian is Jacqueline Menard de Ginestous who continues the family winemaking tradition. The estate’s 88 hectares of vines are on a hillside facing the stunning Pyrenees Mountains, at an average elevation of some 300m. Ginestous’ white winemaking has more than a nod to Burgundian tradition with whole bunch pressing and barrel fermentation, producing a rich and complex wine. The Merlot-led red is supple, full and fruity with ripe summer berry aromas.
|Cultivar||85% Chardonnay and 15% Chenin Blanc|
12.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||9.4 units|
|Cellaring Potential||Can be consumed now but will improve with some ageing|
|Allergen Information||Contains Sulphites|
Pairs beautifully with Chicken and Turkey; as an aperitif, with charcuterie, pasta, salads and fish