Of all the southern French terroirs, the Limoux region – at the Languedoc’s western extremity – has those that are best suited to the making of quality Chardonnay. The freshness and humidity of the Atlantic influence attenuates the heat of the Mediterranean climate. The foothills of the Pyrenees give the landscape its relief, forming slopes and valleys. It’s at the heart of this excellent terroir that Jacques Abet is lucky enough to grow, tend and cherish Cassagnau’s plot of Chardonnay, called “Le Verger” – the fruit orchard. In times gone by, it was the site of a mediaeval hamlet, which was inhabited from the fifth to the thirteenth century, as evidenced by certain remains uncovered during my viticultural labours. What a pleasure it is every year to gather in these beautiful, golden grapes, to carefully transport them to the vatting room and lightly press them in a pneumatic press to obtain rich, aromatic must. After cold-settling, I vinify this clarified must in the vat. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, elevage begins on the lees and continues until the month of January. The wine is clarified before bottling with bentonite to ensure its dazzling brilliance.
This wine contains all the generosity, richness and character of this unique terroir: a golden hue with brilliant tints, an expressive bouquet and an array of tropical fruit aromas – pineapple, mango – with a hint of pear. After a fresh, fruity attack with silky, generous extract, the palate lingers to a long finish, borne along by superb freshness.
“Serve chilled. Share this wine with friends and family either as an aperitif drink or with food. I like to match it with spicy Asian cuisine or a delicious chunk of Comté with a traditional, crusty baguette. Enjoy!”