Maison Ventenac Tête en l'Air 2019
Stephanie & Olivier Ramé, wife and husband, are the third generation of their family at Maison Ventenac. Their vineyards are in Cabardès, the only Languedoc appellation that allows Atlantic and Mediterranean grape varieties, offering a unique exploration of flavours. Their location around Ventenac-Cabardès is famed for limestone, chalky soils, which gives their wines saline & fresh characters. Olivier's philosophy is to allow their unique terroir to shine through in the wines, presenting them as naturally as possible and raising in terra cotta urns and concrete vats to enhance their purity..
This is an unoaked Chardonnay from those limestone soils the grape loves so much. So their back label pronounces, "...têtes en l'air, ils avaient oublié d'élever leur Chardonnay en barriques... Cà tombe bien, cela lui va si bien."
They 'forgot' to put their Chardonnay in barrel and it all turned out just fine. After all, the common misconception about Chardonnay is it's always oaky but this good example shows how lovely it can be unvarnished with oak.