Domaine Les Hautes Terres, Josephine NV
Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac
From the importer-
Located in the Aude valley, on the very edge of Languedoc, 600 meters up in the dramatic foothills of the Pyrenees. The climate is influenced by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Beautiful jutting bedrock make the land geologically famous, as well as making AOP Limoux an oyster of mineral beauty in the south. The Aude Valley is a stunning place where Charlemagne had a great fortress surrounded by massive limestone monuments. His warriors in Roquetaillade were tough guys who famously ate sword tips in their salads (a very French piece of apocrypha, but nevertheless an image I can't help but think of when I think of the power and sharpness of these wines).
Whole bunches are pressed directly and settle on lees one night before being transferred to French oak barrels for fermentation.
Aged 9 months in French Oak Barrels, Demi-Muids and Foudres before tirage.
Secondary fermentation and 18 months of aging in bottle before disgorgement.