This wine comes from the stable of Jean-Claude Mas, more famous in Australia for his value for money “Arrogant Frog” range. Vieilles Vignes literally translates to “old vines,” these ones aren’t particularly old yet they are mature: 20-30 years old. Grown at an elevation of 250 metres on the Château Martinolles Estate, in the Limoux AOC, a part of the Languedoc region in southwest France. Jean-Claude acquired the estate in 2011 and the Martinolles vineyards are cultivated sustainably, certified HVE (High Environmental Value) by Terra Vitis. Available Australia wide at Dan Murphy’s. Screwcap.
Château Martinolles, Vieilles Vignes, Chardonnay, Limoux, 2018
Meidum straw gold, punchy aromas of toasty oak, ripe stone and tropical fruits, green apple flesh with thick citrus, warm butter and torn brioche sweet yeasty notes. Medium palate: bittersweet citrus overseen by tosasty oak and a nutty centre. Lingering warm woody balsam savoury spice and hints of stone fruit depth. A touch of briny salinty to close keeps it fresh. A value option for those that like a slightly bigger style of Chardonnay.
Wine sample courtesy of Les Domaines Paul Mas