Saga of grape varieties: Chardonnay

Saga des cépages : Chardonnay

Chardonnay is part of the Noiriens family. It is thus the natural and direct descendant of Pinot Noir, coupled with another ancient grape variety: Gouais Blanc. Originally from Israel, Chardonnay is now one of the most planted grape varieties in the world. Unlike Pinot Noir, a demanding grape variety that has difficulty acclimatizing outside of Burgundy, Chardonnay adapts easily to its environment.

You can recognize Chardonnay by its small, elongated clusters. Its grains, airy and spaced out, take on a magnificent golden color during veraison. The leaves are deep green and can be full or with 5 weakly marked lobes. Chardonnay is an early grape variety that likes soils that are not very fertile and calcareous.

Globally more vegetal, floral and mineral in the North, and more fruity in the South, this grape variety has the gift of expressing its terroir of production. The aromas are typical, complex and intense, and above all of an incredible diversity: dried fruits, hazelnut, grilled almond, exotic fruits, butter, fern, lime blossom, pear, popcorn, oat flakes, acacia flower, walnuts, biscuits... It is also very quickly marked by the know-how of the men and women of Burgundy, which adds to its aromatic complexity. Through winemaking and aging techniques acquired over centuries, the winegrowers then sign the greatest wines.

Chardonnay is part of the Domaine de l'Aigle and Domaine de Cigalus grape varieties, it is expresses marvelously in the cuvée Aigle Royal but also in our Crémant de Limoux Code Rouge and Ballerine.


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