• Roussillon, France

For many years European Cellars has worked with a cooperative in the Languedoc to make Novellum from a special site that in most years had some botrytis, giving the wine weight without resorting to oak. Since that time the project has been moved to the Roussillon where Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have some Chardonnay planted near the Mediterranean that makes a remarkably complex and mineral version of the variety. There is no botrytis here so we resort to aging a small percentage in barrel – usually less than 30%. The remainder of the wine is aged in tank on the lees of Viognier. It remains one of the best values in Chardonnay that you can find.

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Novellum Vin de France Chardonnay
Grapes grown on 30-year-old vines in Roussillon, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean on clay, limestone, and galet soils. Grapes are...