2015 Domaine Lafage "Novellum" Chardonnay Pays d'Oc

SKU #1270019 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A custom cuvee created by importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a smokin’ value that’s made from 100% Chardonnay that spent three months in tank (on Viognier lees) followed by three months in barrel. Tasting like it cost three times the price, it offers lots of orchard fruits, white peach, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla to go with a medium to full-bodied, crisp, yet still textured and mouth-filling style on the palate. You can’t go wrong at the price and this is a terrific wine to enjoy over the coming year or two. (JD)  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker Jean-Marc Lafage has redefined value in the Roussillon. Consistently receiving top accolades from critics, his wines always have some of the highest QPR (quality to price ratio) of any region in the world. After partnering with importer Eric Solomon, they conceived of this gorgeous entry level white from the region. For the last three years, it has represented one of the best white wine values coming from anywhere in the south of France. The wine is made up of 100% Chardonnay aged a small part in barrel (about 30%) and the remainder in tank on the lees of viognier from one of Jean-Marc's other cuvees. This vinification allows for a really complex wine of weight and aromatics without the overt oak tones that permeate so many other Chardonnays at this price. (Keith Mabry, K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2016 | Send Email
France isn’t exactly known for its experimentation in the wine world. It’s a land where tradition holds very strong importance, which is part of what we love about it. The south of France, however, is a little different. Its legacy as a producer of “jug wines” a few decades ago has resulted in a less strict oversight of production methods and varietals, leaving the new wave of passionate winemakers more room to experiment towards greatness, which is what the Novellum Chardonnay represents. It’s made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, 30% of which is aged in Burgundian barrels, and the rest is aged in tank on Viognier lees. What results is a beautiful combination of rich texture, crisp vibrant fruit and acidity, and a beautiful bouquet of flowers and citrus blossoms. Wow! Oh, and price-wise, nothing competes! This is a no-brainer, try it! It just might be your new house white!​

By: Daniel Maas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2016 | Send Email
Nearly every day here at K&L, I hear the same thing come out of the mouths of so many of our dear customers, and it pains me. "I hate Chardonnay," they express. Why does this hurt me so? Because all they need to do is taste this gorgeous example of what Chardonnay can be without an aggressive use of oak. A supple texture combined with enough mineral characteristics and impressive complexity make this a great choice for both daily-porch-drinking and your next special event.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/2/2016 | Send Email
I've been drinking the Novellum Chardonnay for most of my adult life now, consistently impressed with the wine's balance of bright, fresh texture and ripe, floral flavors. On the nose, it's all fresh green apples and minerality, but closer inspection reveals some intriguing complexity. An unexpected floral note wafts from the glass and the palate follows up with nectarines and apricots. These flavors are surprising until one learns this Chardonnay was rested for a time on Viognier lees, and the picture becomes clearer. Such a unique practice results in perhaps the most unique Chardonnay you're likely to taste for under $12.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2016 | Send Email
A winning collaboration between Lafage and Eric Solomon, Novellum is a thoroughly enjoyable white, with honey notes and added interest from aging on Viognier lees. Tropical fruit shines through, and while the palate is rich with texture, there is still solid acidity and a clean, satisfying finish. Even dedicated oak fans will like this crisper interpretation of big style Chardonnay. I literally did a double take when I saw the price on the shelf - the 2015 overdelivers.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/31/2016 | Send Email
If you are a fan of succulent rich Chardonnay but without the heavy oak influence, then look no further. The Novellum offers gorgeous white peach, dried mango and pineapple notes on the nose. The fruit fills the mouth with its creamy full body, underlying acidity and a long finish. This is such a pleaser, you'll be back buying it by the case before you know it.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/30/2016 | Send Email
The nose is luxuriously fruity, full of tropical fruit. On the palate the wine is supple, and is reminiscent of California Chardonnay from a decade or two past except it doesn't have that big Oak signature. A value at the price, drink it cold!
Drink from 2016 to 2018

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Languedoc-Roussillon

Alcohol Content (%): 13