Isabelle and Mathieu Champart is a charming wine maker couple who fell in love with the spectacular scenery in Saint Chinian, one of the appellations in the Languedoc region, a bit to the north of Béziers. They make both red and, more unusual for the region, whites. Their whites have an excellent acidity and freshness in spite of the very hot climate. Their Vin de Pays is made from 100% Viognier with nice fruit and quite aromatic – as it should be. The white Saint Chinian is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Grenache Blanc, giving it a complexity and body mixed with a hint of oak aging. They also make excellent reds of course. My favourite is the cuvee Côte d’Arbo, lots of spices in this wine made primarily from Syrah grapes.
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