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Chemins de Casel Chardonnay 2015
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

The Earrings of Madame de … (1953)
MONDAY, MAY 1 @ 11:15 PM (ET)

Celebrate the 100th birthday of beautiful French actress Danielle Darrieux with this charming and beautiful Chardonnay. Although she worked off and on in Hollywood, her greatest performances were in French films like this lush drama of vanity and deception from director Max Ophuls, who wrote the role with Darrieux in mind.

THE WINE

Childhood friends Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier (inset with team) craft top Burgundy at their acclaimed estate in the Mâcon, which La Revue du Vin de France calls “one of the most important properties.” Like other top Burgundy houses, they saw the potential for making fine Chardonnay in southern France – at far friendlier prices. Their estate, purchased in 1997, lies in Limoux (the Languedoc’s top spot for Chardonnay), and this delicious white is crafted from vines grown high in the Aude Valley. It’s packed with ripe peach and lemon, and is sure to charm guests.

THE REGION

In the extreme southwest of the Languedoc, at the foot of the Pyrenees, the climatic influences of the Mediterranean and Atlantic merge. “The terrain and climate of Limoux conspire to make simply beautiful Chardonnay,” says top critic Victoria Moore. The fruit for this exclusive cuvée is grown 1,700 feet up, which is key. The grapes bathe in sunshine by day (getting fully ripe), yet benefit from cool temperatures at night (which locks in freshness).

THE ESTATE

Christian and Jean-Luc have brought their Burgundy expertise to bear, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. They’ve re-planted most of the domaine using cuttings from their Burgundy estate, and have also increased density to promote deeper rooting and lower yields (leading to more concentrated flavors in your glass). And they also built a brand-new underground barrel cellar which holds 300 barriques.

WITH FOOD

Tasted blind, you could mistake this for fine white Burgundy. It’s equally as foodfriendly, so your pairing options are wide open. Seafood lover? Try steamed lobster and butter or the classic French match: sole à la meunière (sole cooked in brown butter, with chopped parsley and lemon). Creamy pastas or vegetarian dishes will work too. Or enjoy a glass by itself before dinner

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