Le Blanc 2016 Pays D’Oc I.G.P. Chartier Créateur d’harmonies, France
WHITE WINE BOTTLED IN FRANCE BY SÉLECTIONS CHARTIER INC INC. AT CLOS DES AUGUSTINS, PIC SAINT-LOUP, SAINT-MATHIEU-DE-TRÉVIERS, LANGUEDOC.
Selected, assembled, aged and bottled in France by Sélections Chartier Inc. at Clos des Augustins, Pic Saint-Loup, Saint-Mathieu-de-Tréviers, Languedoc.
In line with the new Rosé Chartier 2017, which reflects more than ever the maturity of the work of wine producer “merchant-breeder” Francois Chartier – in the vineyard as the cellar – helped by his accomplices (the family Mezy du Clos des Augustins and oenologist Pascal Chatonnet), the 2016 vintage of its Languedoc white wine confirms more than ever a qualitative evolution just as striking as with my rosé. Dressed with new labels that express the importance of the terroir in its approach this new white wine, born from the excellent vintage Languedoc 2016, goes in the direction of the previous vintage 2015 by a higher proportion of Chardonnay (80%), as well as by the use of the more than aromatic and textured varietal viognier (15%), but played here muted, and the enveloping and wealthy roussanne (5%).
As in the past for this vintage, he has elaborated this new cuvee at Clos des Augustins, a field in BIO (biodynamic) culture located in the Pic Saint-Loup appellation. Its highest proportion of Chardonnay noble origins, (same type of terroir as Chablis), as the presence of viognier, provide this 2016 vintage a more intense aromatic richness and a body quite fat as was the case in the vintage 2015, but with a more vitalizing and vibrant freshness. Peach, honey, coconut and white flowers contribute to the aromatic profile. Like the new Rosé Chartier 2017, which he also develops in the same field, this white is also more textured and more generous than its predecessors, as was the 2015, but still as fragrant and penetrating, with this long mineralizing final from the mineralized and fossilized limestones of the different soils of this peak area. More than ever, a great white wine of gastronomy, which, by its more than sweet price, represents the best price-quality ratio for the white wines of the South of France.
Origin / Terroirs / Elaboration
Mostly from the AOC Pic Saint-Loup. Soils: Chardonnay on marly limestone (mineralized and fossilized), Grenache blanc (old vines of 45 years old) and Roussanne on conglomerates, as well as viognier on clayey limestone. The Domaine Clos des Augustins, from the Mézy family, works in BIO (biodynamic) culture. Chardonnay, roussanne and viognier were vinified in light tuns on fine lees, and Grenache blanc (very old vines aged 45 and over) was vinified in barrels, on lees, for a period of 6 months.
Pair this dry white wine with your favorite recipes, including one or more of these ingredients: lobster, crab, salmon, salmon trout, pork, chicken, apricot, peach, honey, coconut, camembert and brie cheeses, brown rice, pecan, maple syrup, pineapple, yellow apple, butter, caramelized onion, curry and many others. Make splashes, for example, on a pork tenderloin with fruity salsa (apricots / peaches), as well as with a plate of soft cheeses with a rind of flowers, escorted by grilled pecans.
Chartier / Modat recipes
Do not forget the 800 recipes from the collection of books in 4 volumes, Papilles pour tous!, Where you will find many recipes on the aromatic trail of this white wine, just like in the books The Recipes of Taste buds and Molecules and L’Essentiel de Chartier. Also, discover on this site, new recipes inspired by and for this wine. Updates are made regularly with new recipes, so please check back regularly.