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Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2019

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This is a star barrel-fermented Chardonnay, from very low yields - less than half those in Burgundy. It develops beautifully, with ripe citrus and buttery notes coming to the fore. Lots of volume and grip. Now-2024

Domaine Begude, Chardonnay, L’Etoile, Limoux, 2016

Product Code: BEG219

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Dry, Rich

Rated 1 out of 5
Dry > Sweet
  • Origin: France
  • Region: Limoux
  • Vintage: 2019
  • Colour: White
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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We have been shipping wines from James Kinglake since he left his life in the City in 2003 to buy the Château Haute Begude, about 350 metres up in the foothills of the Pyrenees near Limoux. James admits that 2018 was an extremely difficult year. Lots of rain in May and June followed by two huge storms in early July lead to mildew which savagely cut the crop. This is what he said: "With our Étoile cuvée we made a conscious decision to pick a little earlier, so made sure that our pickers were ready to go a few days earlier than normal (in sugar terms). This has resulted in a slightly lighter alcohol level of 13.2% vs the more usual 13.5–13.9%. It was 100% barrel fermented in 600-litre demi-muids from François Frères and 30% of the cuvée is wild ferment… This wine is closed in DIAM, is vegan and vegetarian friendly, as we also highlight on the back label, and we hope that it will develop well over the next five years or so". 

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