Fleur Violette Chardonnay is a well-crafted, rich white from the south of France, with loads of ripe apple, pear, and cream flavors. Soft tropical aromas abound, and the finish is one of buttery smoothness and lively acidity.
Located between historic Narbonne and the Mediterranean sea, the village of St. Pierre in La Clape was once known as the Island of Great Wine. This picturesque region of Languedoc includes majestic cliffs towering over the sea along with canyons and hills where the pine wood grows. The vines and garrigue carve out the landscape of rocky soil. The influence of the sea allows the Chardonnay to have a long ripening season and offer more finesse and complexity than a classic hot climate.
A slow ripening process and a late harvest in the end of September to mid-October are the key ingredients for producing grapes that are ripe, healthy, and concentrated, but still possess a good freshness. The grapes are harvested, then directly pressed before being transferred for a cold fermentation which lasts twenty days at seventeen degrees Celsius.
Fleur Violette Cabernet is focused and sophisticated, with flavors of dark plum, currant, dark cherry, and dried herbs, which linger with graphite and mineral. A good backbone of acidity suggests that this wine can benefit from cellaring. Pair with duck breast, red meats, and grilled dishes.
The estate is particularly renowned for the quality of its Cabernet. It is remarkable how well this grape was traditionally grown in Bordeaux appellations, to now adapt to the warmer growing conditions of the Languedoc, producing wines with immense charm and finesse.
The Mediterranean influences make for generous wines, with the sunshine providing ripeness, while the altitude influences and maintains the humidity and freshness that is necessary for the fruit to express itself fully. Rounding out the picture is the diversity of the soils.