A floral and aromatic Chardonnay with white peach flavours complemented by nutty, toasty tones and a lovely creamy texture.
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon and is formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and former winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year. Domaine de l’Aigle lies under the cliff of Roquetaillade, near Limoux, close to a nesting site for Bonelli’s eagles, a protected species from which the estate takes its name. The estate covers 31 hectares in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with vines planted between 250 and 500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude. The sustainably grown vines thrive in an oceanic climate with continental influences and wide temperature ranges which combine to produce wines with startling freshness and exceptional minerality.
2018 saw significant rainfall during winter which continued into spring. The summer was hot and dry, but the vines avoided water stress due to the soil’s water reserves from the wet winter. An Indian summer ensured the grapes reached good maturity and the harvests took place under excellent conditions with the promise of a very good vintage.
The Chardonnay vines thrive in climatic conditions similar to those of Burgundy, as the vineyard experiences an oceanic climate with continental influences, frequent rain fall and wide temperature ranges .The vines are planted at a density of between 5,000 to 6,000 vines per hectare, which produce concentrated wines. The vines are trellised using espaliers to ensure optimal sunlight exposure, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly. Pruning, de-budding and thinning out of the leaves are all conducted manually and to environmentally-friendly specifications. The grapes are harvested by hand and are transported to the cellar in special bins to preserve the quality of the fruit. The vines are grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis.
The juice was immediately extracted by delicate pneumatic pressing, cooled and left to settle before fermentation began. 75% was fermented in 225 litre French oak barrels, the remainder in vat to retain the purity of fruit. The wine was matured on its fine lees in oak barrels for six months where it underwent full malolactic conversion.
A floral and aromatic Chardonnay with white peach flavours complemented by nutty, toasty tones and a lovely creamy texture. Fresh and light with mineral overtones through to an elegant finish.