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2015 Domaine Begude Chardonnay "Le Bel Ange"

SKU #1264933 Jancis Robinson

 Unoaked organically grown Chardonnay 'with a splash of Chenin Blanc' from the fringes of Limoux. Quite ripe and intense on the nose and then crisp and appley on the palate - much zestier than the average Mâconnais white. Very well made. Clean as a whistle.  (5/2016)

K&L Notes

Domaine Begude is a small family-owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc. The long, cool growing season lends itself perfectly to the production of crisp and delicate wines. From predominantly clay and limestone soils on southeast facing vineyards, this wonderful Chardonnay value contains a dose of Chenin Blanc and is ridiculously easy to love. Organic farming, low yields, and temperature-controlled stainless steel fermentation with no oak influence make it possible for the purity of fruit to really shine through. In the glass, an inviting citrus nose greets you, along with delicate nuances of apple, pear and wet stone. Super clean and fresh, this is a great house white as it can be enjoyed on its own at the end of a long day, or with a variety of seafood, salad and light white meat dishes.

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Staff Image By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2016 | Send Email
Great deal for a crisp, unoaked chardonnay that can be added to your everyday drinking list! Light citrus on the nose and flavors of mango, apple and nectarine on the pallet, this wine should be one of your go-to whites all year round. Stock up now!

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
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One of the purest expressions of unoaked, organic Chardonnay (with a splash of Chenin Blanc) in our stores, the Bel Ange ("beautiful angel") shimmers in the glass, radiating prismatic fruit aromas and flavors of apple, mango, apricot and pear, with enough citrus zest and finesse to spare At this great price, it would be advisable to buy this by the case and save it for casual parties, picnics, gatherings of the tribe, family or friends. Drink it, love it, live it, just don't leave it!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/19/2016 | Send Email
The 2015 "Bel Ange" is the epitome of pure unadorned Chardonnay. Drinking like a Macon-Villages, this is full of nectarine, Golden Delicious apples and mango flavors with bright acidity and a gorgeous stony finish. So appealing, you'll be back for much more. Hurry, only one shipment this year!

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Alcohol Content (%): 12