Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Laroche Le Petit Chardonnay – Low Alcohol, Languedoc – 2022

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  • Introduction

    • With its expertise in Chardonnay, Laroche and Mas la Chevalière is launching a low proof Pays d’Oc wine. The development of this wine is the result of an observation of society’s interest in drinking “more responsibly”.

  • Label

    • The Label: The Petit Chardonnay is presented in an enameled bottle eco designed with a recyclable cork made from sugar cane derivatives. It’s “nautical” style was inspired by the nine locks of Fonseranes an Unesco World Heritage site located 5 minutes from Mas La Chevalière.
  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Made from grapes selected from cool terroirs in the Orb valley and the Limoux area.
    • Soil: Clay and Limestone
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2022 vintage was very early with high temperatures, however slightly moderated by the proximity to the sea. No water stress thanks to the Spring rainfalls, with the exception of the young vines which were harvested earlier: on August 12th. The acidity levels decreasing as early as the first days of August, as well as the tasting of the berries with phenolic ripeness, confirmed a great aromatic potential and were all triggers to an early harvest.

  • Vinification

    • The fruit was pressed at night to avoid oxidation and limit the use of sulfur. This was followed by a light settling and a slow fermentation with Chardonnay-friendly yeasts (Burgundian). The wine is aged on fine lees for 4 to 5 months. A small percentage is aged in wood (7.5%) To be noted is the use of vegetable fining agents (wine is vegan) before cold stabilization.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 9.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “This Petit Chardonnay is very aromatic with lovely floral and citrus notes. On the palate, the structure of this wine, lighter than a classic Chardonnay, has a nice acidity that balances with the low alcohol level. The smooth and crisp finish makes it a very pleasant wine”
      – Winemaker, Géraud Blanc