Toques & Clochers Limoux Chardonnay, France
100% Chardonnay from the cool vineyards of Haute Vallée, situated at elevations of 1200-1500 feet. 90% of the fruit is pressed immediately to preserve freshness, and the rest is macerated on the skins for 24 hours.
The wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts and then aged for nine months in oak barrels: 1/3 new, 1/3 one-year-old, and 1/3 two-years-old.
It competes with top-end Burgundy with its balance between oak and purity of fruit.