Today we’re talking about the Chaudelune, by Cave du Vin Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle.
We are in the Aosta Valley, at the foot of the Mont Blanc: Chaudelune is an “ice wine” ( the harvest is done in December, with the first winter frosts) aged in not completely filled oak barrels, to encourage oxidative processes that enrich the wine’s aromas and flavors (as for some Sherry and Porto production technique) .
The grape, which is made Chaudelune, is the Prié Blanc, a Aosta Valley native vine, which is famous for the sparkling Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle .
I’ve tasted the 2012 vintage .
At the nose, aromas of pear, yellow and white ripe fruits, cedar, herbs (thyme and rosemary) and a light balsamic note .
On the palate, Chaudelune is soft, warm enough, with good acidity and sap.
I recommend it in pairing with blue cheese and or aged cheese, though, to fully appreciate it in its special qualities, should be tasted by itself!