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Mas Champart Saint Chinian Blanc 2014
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Mas Champart Saint Chinian Blanc 2014

 
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"I loved the white from Mas Champart and the 2014 Saint Chinian Blanc is a mix of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier and Clairette, that’s from higher elevation parcels and aged in equal parts tank and barrels. It sees full malolactic fermentation. Giving up pretty, classic notes of white peach, green citrus, leafy herbs and a kiss of minerality, it’s medium-bodied, has nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. It’s a ... read more
Item ID: #26192
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 90
"I loved the white from Mas Champart and the 2014 Saint Chinian Blanc is a mix of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Bourboulenc, Viognier and Clairette, that’s from higher elevation parcels and aged in equal parts tank and barrels. It sees full malolactic fermentation. Giving up pretty, classic notes of white peach, green citrus, leafy herbs and a kiss of minerality, it’s medium-bodied, has nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. It’s a versatile white that will drink nicely for a year or three." ~ Jeb Dunnuck

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Isabelle and Mathieu Champart were relatively new to winegrowing when they first took over Domaine Bramefan (as her family's farm is also known), in Saint-Chinian, in 1976. Isabelle was a Parisian with a degree in Geography, while Mathieu came from a family of farmers in Champagne. For nearly twelve years they sold their grapes to the local cooperative. Though they waited until 1988 to bottle under their own label, they won almost instant acclaim, and have become the standard against which other producers in the appellation have been measured ever since. Mathieu tends to the vines, and Isabelle makes the wines--that their home is surrounded by their vineyards makes their division of labor all the more poetic. The Champarts have made significant changes to their business over the years. While the domaine started from just a simple, humble, stone farmhouse, they later added a winery and have expanded the holdings from eight to twenty-five hectares (sixteen of which are consecrated to vineyards, the remaining nine to arable crops and orchards). The terroir here is a patchwork of soils: steep slopes of clay and limestone (Mourvèdre), brightly colored marl (Carignan & Syrah), limestone (Syrah & Grenache) and lower slopes of clay and sandstone (Cabernet Franc). They live among their old vines on a gentle slope and have slowly started integrating more organic practices into their farming. Though the wines are easy to appreciate now for their inky complexity, they age extremely well and shine after some decanting.

Kermit wants to add that Isabelle is also one of his favorite cooks. He always tries to land an eleven a.m. appointment on the off chance they will invite him to stay for lunch.

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Amanda

EMPIRE STAFF REVIEW

Fall for this Fun French White Blend

"This white wine from the Saint-Chimian region is compromised of a handful of French white grape varietals giving it a medium body and leaving you with a very well rounded wine. On the nose you will pick up on light herbal and citrus notes. The first sip brings a wealth of flavors such as natural green tea leaves and apricot as well as providing a very well balanced acidity. The finish is light on your palette and lingers for the perfect amount of time. For under $20, this white pairs well with a wide variety of meals ranging from salads to any light meats, and would also be great to pair any cream based pasta dishes as well."