Calmel & J Joseph - Villa Blanche Chardonnay 2011 (Languedoc)

By Richard Saxton on Jan 4, 13 11:23 AM in

Aah, the minefield that is French wines for under £8... A path that can yield incredible rewards or absolute abject disappointment (and a quick skip over to the Australian wine shelves...).

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Thanks to the whopping level of tax and duty on wines in the UK coupled with the natural premium that French wines sometimes attract this isn't an easy price range to be shopping in. You can pretty much discount Bordeaux and Burgundy. Even the Rhone is getting a little difficult at this price. One region that is still relatively dependable though is the Languedoc.

Convenient really, as that's where this wine is from. Love it when an intro comes together....

So, the wine. Well, it's very good. I'm surprised this goes for only £7.99 (from Mumbles Fine Wines). It also seems to have won a gold medal and a top 10 spot in the Chardonnay du Monde competition 2012. This might sound like a made up wine competition but I assure you it's not.

The wine looks like it should be extraordinarily oakey. It's a real golden colour but on the palate it's expressively fruit driven with heaps of apple and citrus notes. Any oak ageing has been carefully hidden away. If anything I'd like a touch more oak to this but it doesn't detract from the wine. All in all it is indeed a lot of wine for not a lot of money. From France too. Well I never.....

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