Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 



Description: This blend of Chardonnay, Verdelet, Perle of Zala and Auxerrois has a scent of violets. A range of citrus flavours with a hint of peach, apple and liquorice. An excellent dinner wine, it is perfect for large social occasions.

Varietal Definition
French local name for the Malbec, aka Cot red wine grape species grown in the Cahors region of France and also, confusingly, an important white wine grape in the Alsace region called the Auxerrois Blanc that is distinct from another locally grown white wine grape called the Auxerrois Gris that is actually the Pinot Gris varietal grape.
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.
Mainly planted in the Finger Lakes region of Western New York state and in the Niagara Peninsula region of Canada. Suitable for eating as a table grape as well as for making white wine.


Back to House of Rose Winery information