La Colline Aux Fossiles IGP Cotes Catalanes Chardonnay 2020 Sustainable
La Colline Aux Fossiles, or Hill of Fossils, is a balanced and vibrant Chardonnay (100%) grown on the gentle slopes of the Tet River valley in the Roussillon. Walking through these vines you can find ancient fossils among the gravel washed down from the nearby mountains. The terroirs and microclimates of the Roussillon make it a veritable playground for experimentation and discovery – even with something as common seeming as Chardonnay.
Eric Solomon and Jean-Marc Lafage (Maker of the Lafage Bastide Wines) has partnered together to make Chardonnay that grows more inland from the Tet river valley on deep red clay soils. The name Colline aux Fossiles may seem fanciful, but there are actually old, weathered fossils mixed in this site’s gravelly soils.
The Colline Aux Fossiles Chardonnay is picked when the flavors are rich and ripe but when there is still plenty of natural acidity remaining in the grapes. This wine is a beautifully rich expression of site over winemaking, being fermented in tank and new French oak barrels.
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