2019 Domaine de Baronarques, Blanc, Limoux, Languedoc

2019 Domaine de Baronarques, Blanc, Limoux, Languedoc

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2019 Domaine de Baronarques, Blanc, Limoux, Languedoc

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96% Chardonnay, 4% Chenin Blanc 

This has a very bright, lifted nose of lemon curd and verbena. The medium-bodied palate displays great freshness and purity, yet with a touch of pear and orange blossom to give it a lovely textural mouthfeel and length – no doubt from the addition of the Chenin Blanc. This is a very well-crafted white, with a sapid, mouth-watering quality. Much like its red counterpart, this is a wine of subtle complexity. Drink 2022 to 2025.

Drink 2022 – 2025

Stuart Rae, Buying Commercial Manager, Berry Bros. & Rudd (Sep 2021)

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Berry Bros. & Rudd BB&R 12 cases £168.00
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Critics reviews

Jane Anson94/100
James Suckling95/100
Jane Anson94/100
I’m always a fan of this Chardonnay, which benefits from the remote mountainous location of the estate, even while that same location contributes to the fact that it is sometimes overlooked in the crowded field of great French Chardonnay. Plenty of textured white pear and peach pit, nuanced honeysuckle flowers. Smoky-sweet butterscotch runs through the fruit, but high enough acidity that it is delivers a juicy finish. A well controlled, gourmet white wine. Includes grapes from a tiny 0.26ha of Chenin Blanc for the first time.

Drink 2021 - 2026

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James Suckling95/100
A very polished and refined chardonnay with cooked apple, honey and hints of praline and tart tatin. Medium to full body and very fine, phenolic tension with fruit and mineral character. Crunchy acidity. Persistent and so precise. Complex. Shows the progression of quality here. With 4% chenin blanc. Drink now or hold.

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About this WINE

Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Baron Philippe de Rothschild is known world over through its ownership of Château Mouton- Rothschild and its involvement with projects such as Opus One in California. In 1997 it joined forces with Concha y Toro to produce the ultra-premium Almaviva. Escudo Rojo represents the next chapter in the company's Chilean operations. Escudo Rojo is a literal Spanish translation of Rothschild, which itself comes from the German "das rote schild", a reference to the red shield which originally served as the family crest.

With Escudo Rojo, winemaker Patrick Leon has sought to create a balanced Bordeaux-like blend Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet France, Carmenère and Merlot from select sources in Chile's Maipo and Rapel regions. Harvested by hand in small bins, the grapes are transported to the bodega where they are mechanically destemmed and lightly crushed. After fermentation and skin contact, the wine is drained off the tanks and is then partially aged in new French oak barrels for approximately 12 months. 1999 was the inaugural vintage.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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