Winemaking wizard Mark Hoddy really knows his way around the best vineyards in southern France's Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The proof: this tiny-production Viognier. It comes from a special, single vineyard in the fast-draining soils around the town of Carcassonne. 2014 was an exceptionally low-yielding year (the smallest harvest in more than a decade!), which translates to seriously intense aromas and flavors. Mark insisted on harvesting the grapes in the cool of night, which preserves freshness. After a light pressing of the grapes, Mark carefully transported the juice to his boutique winery in Bordeaux, Le Chai au Quai (called "a fabulous venture" by Decanter).
The results speak for themselves in the glass. A highly expressive nose of stone fruit, white honeysuckle and violet introduce zingy flavors of ripe citrus and juicy peach. The creamy mouthfeel is balanced by refreshing acidity. Delightful enjoyed on its own, or served with a range of exotic foods. Mark suggests seared scallops with lime and chili.
Limited cases produced (and even fewer exported to the U.S.). Don't delay your orders.