Domaine Girard - Chardonnay "élevé sur lies fines" 2017 - Pays d'Oc
This Chardonnay comes from clay-limestone hillsides planted with 15 to 20 year old vines. It is vinified and matured on the lees in 500-liter barrels, with regular stirring during the maturation process - from 8 to 10 months depending on the vintage. A refreshing white wine with a lot of aromatic charm, and a vivacity that suits it perfectly. It has been aged on its lees for a richer texture.
Located in the commune of Alaigne, in the heart of the Malepère appellation, the Girard estate now covers nearly 30 hectares. It benefits from conditions favorable to the production of fresh and typical wines: altitude, Mediterranean micro-climate with oceanic influence, and splendid exposure. Philippe and Jean-François Girard took over the torch from 4 generations of winegrowers in the early 2000s. They favour terroir and quality over quantity, and they have adopted a "zero herbicide" approach.