Les Vignerons du Narbonnais is a wine cooperative in the city of Ouveillan in the south of France in the Languedoc region, where 80% of France's Vin de Pays is produced. It was started 1935 when a group of winemakers joined together. Today, it is comprised of a total of 250 winemakers on 1,500 hectares that produce 120,000 hectoliters of wine per year. Les Vignerons du Narbonnais makes wine within 2 AOPs (Appellation Origin Protected) Languedoc and Quatourze, and 2 IGP (Indication Geographic Protected) Pays d'Oc and Coteaux de Narbonne.
This wine from the Pays d'Oc region benefits from a great variety of soil: round pebble, clay-limestone, and sand. The terroir brings a diversity and a complexity to the wines. The Mediterranean climate is quite hot but is cooled down by the "Tramontane" a strong wind. This dries out the vines and protects them from diseases such as mildew. In producing this wine, each varietal is vinified separately in stainless steel vats during a temperature controlled fermentation.
This bright colored Chardonnay-Viognier with hints of green in the glass, has aromas of white flowers and dried apricots. The palate is supple, and the finish is clean with refreshing acidity. For your next aperitif, pair with fresh chevre or baked brie with fruit. It also pairs well with a shrimp cocktail or a cold shellfish salad. For heartier fare, pair with a Moroccan tagine made with chicken and apricots, or mild fish curry made with saffron and coconut milk.