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Domaine Saint-Irenee Chardonnay
£11.50
Pale yellow, very bright with a hint of green. The nose is elegant and characterised by cedar, apricot and peach as well as some fresh floral notes. On the palate, the attack is frank, fresh and delicate with a perfect balance. The rich cedar notes are combined with some flint notes resulting in a beautiful complexity. The floral character is still present and brings a lot of finesse. The mid-palate is full, rich and very well balanced. The finish is sweet, fresh, and persistent with some cedar notes appear at the end. In summary, this Chardonnay is generous, complex and very juicy. Perfectly balanced with a good underlying acidity.

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In 1942 the Marquis de Roux who is the father of the current owner Ms Belat, bought the Saint Irénée Estate. It is located close to Nîmes in Beaucaire, a beautiful city made of stone and water between Provence and the Mediterranean sea.

Rumoured to have been established by the Romans around 2000 years ago, who already guessed the outstanding conditions of this area for winemaking, nowadays, we can still appreciate their amazing heritage at the "Arènes de Nîmes" or the "Pont du Gard", both a legacy of the Roman civilization Golden Age.

Count Edouard de Lamy took over in 1957 and over 50 years completely restructured the vineyard and created a modern, well-equipped winery.

Recently there have been some changes, with Arnaud de Lamy (who previously made the wine) taking up residence in America, working for J P Moueix. He has handed over the management of the estate to his brother, Edouard de Lamy, and the winemaking is now in the capable hands of resident winemaker Vincent Dubernet. 

In 2004, 11ha were given over to organic agriculture with a view to converting the entire property, and all of the wines are certified by Ecocert and NOP

Vineyards
Organicly grown for over 30 years. All of the work in the vineyard is done by hand. No chemical products are used. The pruning system is mostly Cordon de Royat.

Vinification
Harvest carried out at night in order to keep the full aromatic potential of the harvest and to prevent from any oxidation. Direct pressing with a pneumatic press in order to respect the raw material as much as possible. 48 hours static racking. Fermentation at low temperatures (15-17°) in a fully modernized, hygienic cellar, and thermoregulated tanks. Aged in contact with french oak. Wine maturation on fine lees for approximately 6 months with regular stirring of the tanks to optimise the integration of woody aromas.

Tasting Notes
Pale yellow, very bright with a hint of green. The nose is elegant and characterised by cedar, apricot and peach as well as some fresh floral notes. On the palate, the attack is frank, fresh and delicate with a perfect balance. The rich cedar notes are combined with some flint notes resulting in a beautiful complexity. The floral character is still present and brings a lot of finesse. The mid-palate is full, rich and very well balanced. The finish is sweet, fresh, and persistent with some cedar notes appear at the end. In summary, this Chardonnay is generous, complex and very juicy. Perfectly balanced with a good underlying acidity.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Domaine Saint-Irenee Chardonnay
Country France
Region IGP Pays d'Oc, Languedoc
ABV% 13%
Vintage 2015
Grape Variety 100% Chardonnay
Size 750ml
Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans, Organic
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