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Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay IGP Pays d'Oc, France

Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay IGP Pays d'Oc, France

Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay 2021

A Symphony of Flavors

The 2021 vintage of Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay, known affectionately as "Le Piano et la Clarinette," represents a harmonious blend of Chardonnay and Viognier grapes, akin to a melodious duet that captivates and delights. Like its red counterpart, "Les Deux Aristos," this wine embodies the creativity and passion that define Le Grand Noir. By eschewing the traditional extremes of Chardonnay to pursue a balance between richness and refreshment, this wine captures the imagination with its unique and satisfying flavor profile.

Product Details:

  • Appellation: IGP Pays d’Oc
  • Region: Minervois, Languedoc Roussillon
  • Grapes: 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier
  • Aging: 30% in French & American barrels, remainder unoaked
  • Cellaring Potential: Up to 3 years
  • ABV: 13%
  • Acidity: 3.7 g/L
  • pH: 3.5
  • Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
  • Vine Age: 15 years

The 2021 Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay reveals a fresh and invigorating taste, where the classic flavors of apple, melon, and pineapple from the Chardonnay blend seamlessly with the exotic touch of mango and ginger from the Viognier. This intricate fusion is further enhanced by a subtle hint of oak, resulting in a wine that is both fresh and intriguing.

An Ode to Innovation and Tradition

Born of the dreams of three French cuisine and lifestyle enthusiasts in 2005, Le Grand Noir has always been about creating wines that defy expectations while maintaining a deep respect for the terroir. This wine is a testament to that vision, showcasing the rich diversity of the IGP Pays d'Oc appellation through an innovative blend deeply rooted in the region's winemaking heritage.

The team, including Hugh Ryman, Robert Joseph, Kevin Shaw, and a collective of dedicated vignerons, strives to bring the unique flavors of one of France's most glorious parts to a global audience. Their commitment to sustainability and biodiversity and a passion for wine that pairs equally well with gourmet meals and simple pleasures have positioned Le Grand Noir as a versatile and cherished choice among wine lovers worldwide.

A Versatile Companion

The Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay 2021 is a versatile wine that shines when enjoyed on its own or as a complement to a wide array of dishes. Its ability to pair beautifully with all fish and white meat dishes, as well as with oriental cuisine, makes it a staple for any dining occasion. Whether enhancing the flavors of a Michelin-starred meal or being savored with cheese and bread by a pool, this wine embodies the spirit of French winemaking and the joy of shared experiences.

Embark on a sensory journey with the 2021 Le Grand Noir 'Black Sheep' Chardonnay, and let its symphony of flavors inspire moments of connection and discovery. This wine is not just a beverage; it's an invitation to explore the rich tapestry of tastes and traditions that make the IGP Pays d'Oc region genuinely exceptional.

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