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2016 Domaine Begude "Terroir 11300" Chardonnay Haute Vallée de l'Aude

SKU #1316461 90 points Decanter

 Delicate floral, apple aromas herald in a creamy palate delivering a satisfying pith and juiciness of peachy fruit and fresh lemon. *Decanter World Wine Awards 2017*

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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, all organically certified by Ecocert. This is a zippy and bright Chardonnay, with citrus, apple and pear notes underlined by a refreshing minerality.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/30/2017 | Send Email
Limoux is of course known for its fantastic, underpriced sparkling wines, but this region in the shadow of the Pyrenees also promises some of the finest Chardonnay values in all of France. Domaine Begude, under the experienced aegis of James and Catherine Kinglake, produces year in and year out remarkable, all-organic white wines, bursting with varietal flavors and zestful panache, and the Terroir 11300 is a true postcard from Limoux to the rest of the world, resonating with lively floral and orchard fruit notes, juicy acidity and a nimble mineral expression that carries through to the superb, elegant finish.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
One of my favorite producers in our Direct Import campaign is Domaine Begude. They always over-delivers in quality, terroir and price! Hell, it says Terroir in the name. He also does a secret Gruner Veltliner but keep it on the down low. Let’s get back to the Chardonnay 11300. The cool nights produce some high acid Chardonnay. For anyone who says they don't like Chardonnay because of the overwhelming oak, I’d love to put this bottle in their hands. Fresh and lively, it bursts with green apple and pear on the nose. An underlying minerality keeps coming up from start to finish, with just a hint of oak adding some some nice palate weight and some subtle aromas of apple crumble and cinnamon spice. Yet, all the while, that fantastic minerality blasts through. With its super long finish, it would be a perfect pairing with a lemon roasted chicken.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
The wonderful Kinglake family always over delivers on value when it comes to varietal wines from the south of France. Located in the hills near the village of Limoux, they produce Pinot Noir, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and often their most compelling wine - Chardonnay. The Terroir 11300 (the number refers to the zipcode of Limoux) is an all organically farmed, tank fermented Chardonnay that captures the essence of the grape without the suffusion of oak. About 15% of the wine does go through large used barrel adding some dimension and palate weight but minimal woodsy tones. Pure and clean, there is classic apple fruit with a slightly tropical finish. It is a pristine example that has a lovely nose and refreshing acidity. This wine is an absolute delight and is perfect for those wanting to depart from more oak laden styles without sacrificing fruit quality.

Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/20/2017 | Send Email
Tasty, clean, Chardonnay with a palate weight that would fall somewhere between light and medium. Lime zest, green apple, and a delicate peach tone jump out on the nose. The palate flavors were much more floral than fruity, however, and the mouthwatering acidity led to a satisfying finish. A fantastic weekday drinker!

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/19/2017 | Send Email
If you find yourself reaching for Chardonnay from California or Burgundy because these are the regions that first come to mind, I suggest you try this lovely bottle of goodness from the Languedoc-Roussillon. With soft texture on the palate, fresh notes of green apple, white peach, and hints of lemon, there is a perfect balance between fruit and acidity here that makes it very easy and pleasurable to drink. An incredibly priced value!

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- 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.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 12