Chardonnay, 2017. Terre Eulalie

Chardonnay, 2017. Terre Eulalie

Item #: V0319W1IF
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: I.G.P. Pays d'Oc, France
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Green Apple, Jasmine
Palate: Pear, Apple, Spice
Finish: Long, with a Touch of Citrus
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Seafood, Fowl, Light Meats/12.5 % Alcohol by Volume

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Terre Eulalie is part of the Les Collines du Bourdic co-operative in the Languedoc region of France. It is made up of over 100 growers, all with one central mission: to make wines that are the pride of the area.

That was not always the case here. During the grape glut of the 80s and 90s, growers couldn't sell their grapes for enough money to cover their costs. The unrest actually caused riots. Part of the reason was that with no income, winegrowers couldn't tend to the vines correctly and, thus, the quality faltered.

By banding together, they were able to pool their resources, build their own wineries and make their own wines. As a result, the wines became much better, and the growers were able to make a profit. Their success enabled them to acquire the technology to determine which areas were suitable for which grapes and, once picked, how to turn them into great wine.

It was a slow process, but our selection is an example of their success. Ten years ago, there was no Chardonnay grown here. Today, it is not only grown, but is being turned into exceptional wine.

Our selection comes from grapes picked along the coast, where the climate is cool and temperate and the soil possess the perfect nutrients for the vines. Careful vine management and lower yields give us this tantalizing wine with fresh green apple scents and similar flavors on the palate, along with a long, lovely finish.