Citrus, lemon, creamy
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Jean- Marie purchases these grapes from a neighbor who is a former apprentice of his, who works his soil with respect to the environment. Grapes are hand harvested, and fermented traditionally with indigenous yeast. The wine spends 12 months of elevage in 400 liter wooden tanks and is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with a small addition of sulfur.
Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly twenty-five years ago and managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues for five years until he saved up enough money to purchase his first parcels of gnarled ancient vine Carignan that had been nurtured in schist-laden soils for the better part of the last century. Today, Jean-Marie has 20 hectares spread amongst 40 diverse parcels each with different soil compositions and expositions. Berlou has the highest elevation in all of the St. Chinian AOC and is the only place in the region that possesses schist rich soils. From the beginning, his objective was to cultivate vineyards with the utmost respect for the environment and his wines reflect all of the natural beauty, depth and flavor originating from those vines. The wines Jean-Marie crafts are a passionate testament to this region’s multi-dimensionality and ever-expanding potential.
Chardonnay is another native grape to Burgundy (France) and is solely responsible for "White Burgundy" wines. Chardonnay mania reached a peak in the late 1980s during that time it's plantings totaled around 247,000 acres. By 2010 that acreage increase to almost 500,000 acres. Winemakers love Chardonnay for it's malleability. It will respond to a much wider range of winemaking techniques than other white grapes and has the ability to age in the bottle, even when picked early.
This region was named for the language that its historical inhabitants spoke. Their language was Occitan, hence - lengue d'oc. Languedoc is one of the greatest wine producing regions in France by volume and contains over a quarter of all the wine producing vines in the country.
Vines were planted as early is 125 BC on the hills near the Roman colony of Narbo (modern day Narbonne). In the Middle Ages, viticulture in this region thrived under the watch of monks and monasteries. The great majority of Languedoc's vines are planted on flat, low lying alluvial plain - however some vines are planted high above sea level in the foothills of Cevennes and the Corbieres Pyreanean. The region is highly influenced by the Atlantic and is a Merditerranean climate, prone to drought.
Tasting: Citrus, lemon, creamy
Pairing: Crab encrusted halibut, grilled chicken caesar salad, crispy quinoa cakes