This pure, cool climate Chardonnay comes from high vineyards around Limoux, the door to the Haute Valle de l’Aude in the foothills of the Pyrennees mountains. Thanks to the high elevation, rocky soils and strong winds coming in off the Mediterranean and Atlantic this unique location offers a style of Chardonnay similar to White Burgundy or Chablis.
Limoux lies south of the fortified city of Carcassone and west of the Corbieres hills. It’s a region that is famous for its white wines – the sparkling wine made here pedates Champagne and legend has it that Dom Perignon learned his craft here.
The surrounding land is incredibly beautiful; castles cling to high crags, fortified towns dot the slopes and thermal baths cluster round hot springs. The potential of this wine making region has not gone unnoticed in recent years with Baroness Philippine de Rothschild of First Growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild purchasing the local domaine: Baron d’Arques.
The Chardonnay vines planted here are particularly valued, as they are some of the oldest in southern France. Pech Notre Dame is named for the Basillica of Notre Dame de Marceille, an ancient church set on a hillside overlooking Limoux (Pech is the local dialect for ‘Mount’ and refers to the hilltop). This lovely Chardonnay is is made by the local cooperative who have a wealth of awards for their wines. It’s delicious with seafood and shellfish, particularly crab and oysters. It also pairs well with lightly spiced fish, risottos, creamy pastas, cheese based salads (especially goats cheese or sheeps cheese like feta), ham, pork, guinea fowl and chicken.