2023 Bellefontaine Chardonnay

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2023 Bellefontaine Chardonnay

From the sun-drenched vineyards of the Languedoc, this unoaked Chardonnay is light on its feet yet packed with a zesty citrus twist.

Tasting Notes

Nose

Very pure and bright, with an attractive nose of white flowers, warm hay and ripe lemon aromas.

Palate


Zesty acidity is nicely complemented by the richness and peach notes on the palate with a hint of pear.

2021 Bellefontaine Chardonnay




     

    Producer

    Like all good stories, that of Boutinot France is both long and a little bit complicated! Boutinot began as a tiny importer in 1980, specialising in French wines. Paul Boutinot himself began by personally selecting the wines from France, back in the UK he would unload the trailer by hand. And deliver the crates of wines to customers himself. But good things grow and by the end of the decade,they had become a bigger and better company. A company that not only sought out great wines but made them too. After 10 years later, Boutinot France started in January 1990. The first office was in the middle of the vines in Julienas; perfectly located to navigate the Beaujolais and Macon regions on the quest to make beautiful wines.

    Samantha Bailey, who started as a wine enthusiast, was there at the beginning of this adventure. Since then, she has grown into our Master Blender and has key responsibilities: building long-standing relationships, tasting, understanding the terroir and appellations, and pushing the boundaries. She is at the heart of the whole process from blending to quality assessment, making sure there is always a Boutinot touch in every cuvée.

    They are proud to also count Guillaume Letang and Julien Dugas in their winemaking team. Guillaume oversees the South of France and Languedoc, whilst Julien looks after the property in Cairanne. Together they have the local knowledge to select and blend the very best wines from throughout. Eric Monnin oversees every aspect of production and makes sure everything the winemakers blend and source is top quality.

    Production

    The Bellefontaine range has established an international reputation for consistent quality and value. Every year Boutinot winemakers select only quality parcels of wine from different estates and producers, each contributing key components to the finished blend. Bellefontaine wines possess fine aromatics, pure fruit expression, fresh acidity, varietal character and above all a persistent finish. The goal is to create a range of wines of consistent quality that are delicious to drink on their own but that also complement food well. They've blended Chardonnay from Gascony for purity and freshness with Chardonnay from Pays d'Oc for varietal character and texture. By blending these two, they've taken the best from each region to create a harmonious, unoaked Chardonnay.

    Specifications

    Year 2023
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 100% Chardonnay
    Country France

    Alcohol content

    13% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 9.75 units
    Type White Wine
    Allergen Information Contains Sulphites
    Features

    Vegetarian. Vegan
    Food Matches Classically served with fish or salad, and would be lovely with fresh bread and cheese for an impromptu lunchtime picnic.
    Origin Vin de France
    Appellation Vin de France