A wine with power and balance. A superb Chardonnay from Southern France.
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Red snapper, sea bream.
Lightly nutty and buttery, with a hint of maturity coming into play. Appealing leesy nose, a hint of minerality, and very nice acidity balancing an attractive mouthfeel.
Cold soaking. Fermentation and ageing in demi-muids for 11 months. Stirred occasionally on the lees.
Organic farming. Hand harvest.
Domaine de Mouscaillo, created by Marie-Claire and Pierre Fort is one of the few independent wine growers in the small village of Roquetaillade, in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude. This région is influenced by both the mediterranean and Pyrennes climates. Pierre Fort’s first vintage was in 2004, and with just four hectares, three of Chardonnay and one of Pinot Noir, he is very much his own man, with a vineyard that he can manage without any extra hands. Although he was born in Roquetaillade, he has worked in other vineyards, notably spending ten years at Chateau de Tracy in the Loire valley. There he made friends with the iconic winemaker, Didier Dagueneau, who encouraged him to make his own wine. Having worked in the Loire, Pierre likes acidity. He is quietly ambitious: 'I wanted to do something better than the others, and I couldn’t do that with sparkling wine'. Far from any ideology or dogma, Pierre is working in harmony with nature. He respects its cycles; technique and execution always come after careful observation. The wines are concentrated with firm intensity and tightly knit fruit and with always good acidity.