Hornhead Chardonnay, IGP Pays du Gers

HORN001
French Chardonnay made “New World way” and is modern in both expression and taste. This really punches above its appellation, the result of better grapes, careful handling, lower yields and the skill of the winemaking team. Buttery, complex and yet steely-fresh with a nice zing of acidity and baked apple-pie characters.
Type:
Vintage:
2020
Size:
75cl
Main Grape:
Grape Mix:
100%
Genres:
Style:
Dry
ABV:
12%
Producer:
Region:
Country:
France
Sub Region:
Pays du Gers
Body:
Elegant, crisp and delicate
Drinking Window:
Drink now
Closure Type:
Screw Cap
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£8.99
 

Xavier Roger

Mastering the nuances of Southern French varietals and combining traditional and modern winemaking techniques, Xavier Roger wines are a superb example of the quality that are now being produced in the South of France. Using the best parcels in the area, the quality of the range is truly outstanding and demonstrates the quality of wines that can be produced in this area of France.

Tasting Notes

A bright pale gold in the glass, the nose is soft and full of ripe fruit aromas like melon and pear. The palate is fruity and soft with a good roundness. Serve it for tapas, fish with tasty accessories, welcome and Asian-inspired food.

Food Matches

Perfect with Asian inspired food

Vinification

Harvested at night the grapes undergo a modern winemaking process. After a 24 hours skin contact, at 6°C, only the premium juices are fermented at low temperature. The intense fruit aromas come from the specific method used to extract all of the fruit flavours from the lees. During 40 days the juice is kept at a 0°C temperature then the extracted clear juice contains all of the fruit specs of the grapes.

Press Comments

Brian Elliott, Daily Record, September 2021: "Gascogne in south-west France often wows us with colombard and ugni blanc based wines but it is not the most obvious place to look for the chardonnay used here. Nevertheless, this is hugely successful fare striking just the right balance between acidity, fruitiness and texture. Floral and smooth, it provides juicy melon and red apple flavours with pithy citrus acidity and supporting coriander, oregano and pie crust elements."