Region: Charente, Gironde, France
Producer: Domaine Le Petit Marand
Size: 75 CL
Notes: Elise is daughter of Fabrice Papin, whose family owns this domaine. Limited production of Chardonnay from the Gironde region - IGP Vin de Pays Charentais. Only 1,830 bottles were produced. 10 months of élevage in oak barrels. Winemaker is Joël Bonneau. It was an added bonus to find that this bottle won a gold medal at the drinks business Global Chardonnay Masters in 2017!
Beeswax and white flowers dominated the nose, on the palate, there was a core of chalky minerality, with nuances of liquorice spice, Macadamia nuts and ripe pear. Fleshy and slightly unctuous, balanced with soft acidity. Creamy and long finish.