Chateau de L'Ou "Infiniment Blanc" Cotes Catalaness

Chateau de L’Ou “Infiniment Blanc” Cotes Catalaness

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • The grapes are grown in black shales at an altitude of 385 meters in the Upper Agly Valley.
  • Philippe Bourrier is a pioneer in organic viticulture and Chateau de L’Ou is a certified organic farming operation.
  • They pay close attention to the life of the soil, allowing good deep development of the roots to promote the best expression of the terroirs.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Elaboration: Vinification in n new 300 liter barrels, skin maceration for 4 to 5 hours at 5°C, then fermentation between 16°C and 20°C with daily stirring.

Tasting Notes: The nose is characterized by a beautiful minerality and notes of roasted hazelnuts. The palate is delicate, very long with notes of candied chestnuts.

PRESS

2020 – 92 Jeb Dunnuck

2021 – 93 Jeb Dunnuck | 91 James Suckling

2022 – 93 -95 Jeb Dunnuck

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

In 1998, Séverine and Philippe Bourrier bought the 30-hectare estate in one piece, planted with 26 hectares of vines and 4 hectares of olive trees in the town of Montescot in the Pyrénées-Orientales, 10 km south of Perpignan. The entire property was immediately converted to Organic Farming. Today, the estate includes additional terriors in the Haute Vallée de Agly, including in Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet and Caudiès-de-Fenouillèdes. All vineyards are organically farmed.

Chateau de L’Ou was named because of the area’s heritage. “L’Ou” in Catalan means “the egg” in French: it is the named after the property location, because in the beginning there was an ovoid-shaped resurgence of water in the area. The Mas de L’Ou, which seems to have been exploited by the Templars, was a place of passage very frequented by the mule drivers of the region.

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