Peyroli vineyard is a site of great beauty and its exceptional character is communicated through its wine. On the nose, there are aromas of white fruit and white blossom, with a hint of spice. On the palate, there is a fruitiness that combines with refreshing crispiness, and the wine has a long finish.
The single vineyard of Peyroli lies on Mas La Chevalière’s estate just to the north of Béziers. This nine-hectare vineyard is particularly suited to Chardonnay. The limestone and clay soils, similar to those found in Chablis, encourage pure, mineral flavours in the wines. The altitude of 400 metres ensures that this is a cool-climate vineyard within an otherwise warm region of the south of France. This means that the grapes are usually picked late (around the same time as the Chablis harvest takes place) which encourages gradual, even ripening, resulting in intense floral and fruit flavours and an elegance not always found in the Languedoc.
Whole bunches were pressed in a pneumatic press then the must was settled for 24 hours at 12 to 15°C. Fermentation lasted three weeks at 15°C in stainless-steel vats, with 20% of the wine in French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for one year.
Mas La Chevalière was established near Béziers in 1995 by Michel Laroche, after 10 years of searching for the right vineyards. The 40 hectares comprise high altitude, cooler sites for whites and hillside terraces for reds. The wines are classified Indication Géographique Protégée because irrigation is used to avoid heat stress (and hard, bitter characters in the wines) in the southerly, sunny climate. The conversion to screwcap for the majority of wines took place at the same time as in Chablis.