Wine & Spirits
"This is a clean, grape-scented chardonnay, not at all fussy. It could compete with a well-grown Mâcon, mild and soothing, an easy aperitif."
"This crisp, simply fruity wine is light, bright and bursting with lemon and crisp apple flavors. It is direct, full of juicy acidity and ready to drink."
"Plump and direct, with a lightly buttered mix of green melon, yellow apple and verbena notes. Offers a gentle-edged finish."
Vinous Reverie Notes
This Chardonnay is produced by the Couillaud Family at the Château de la Ragotière, a few minutes from the Atlantic near the mouth of the Loire River, where the maritime climate is ideal for producing whites that are refreshing and bright. The Couillauds age most of this wine on its lees until bottling to add weight and texture. Saveur magazine wrote about a previous vintage: “This value-priced chardonnay tastes crisp and bright. It comes from the western Loire Valley, an unexpected place for this Burgundy grape variety, and is made in a fresh, unoaked style, nothing like the famed (and costly) Burgundy crus. Though unconventional, it’s delicious, with fruit flavors that echo pears and apples, and an enticing hint of minerality beneath the surface.”