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Le Stopgap Chardonnay, Vin de France, Jacques Depagneux 2021
White Wine from France
The 2021 vintage in France presented us with quite a problem. With extreme weather conditions leaving too little good-quality chardonnay to go round, especially from Burgundy, our answer was to pool some excellent resources as buyer Marcel Orford-Williams pulled together fruit from three impeccable sources to create a chardonnay that would tide us over in style until next year, hence the name ‘Stopgap’. Much of the blend comes from Limoux, always a good source, with a little from the central Languedoc but with an essential dash coming from the Mâconnais for a boost of class and a dry, crisp 'je ne sais quoi', and all at a pocket-friendly price to please fans of The Society's White Burgundy.
Price: £8.50 Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 12
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Now to 2023
- 13.5% Alcohol
- no oak influence
Les Vins Aujoux
This is the source of the bulk of our Beaujolais for the last 50 years, and many members will also have tried the fruits of The Society’s work with this excellent Beaujolais-based négoce in the form of our bestselling white wine, The Society’s White Burgundy, sourced from the Mâcon.
Dealing with a négociant allows The Wine Society to pick and choose, often blending together from different estates in order to end up with a wine that is better than any of its parts.
Négoces have had a huge part to play in the recent history of Beaujolais, some of it not so good but some of it very positive. For all its apparent simplicity, Beaujolais is a complicated region that is often the victim of its own capricious climate with late frosts and violent hailstorms a common recurrence.
The one name that stands out for us is Dépagneux: Jean Dépagneux was the last of this illustrious merchant family who, with his partners, bought up a list of ailing names such as Aujoux, which had made its name selling Beaujolais to the once profitable Swiss market. Jean retired about a dozen years ago and his place was taken by a young and talented oenologist from Viré called Jean-Marc Darbon. One consequence of the change has been the meteoric rise in the quality of The Society’s White Burgundy.
Since 2002 Les Vins Aujoux have operated an office in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the deep south of France, sourcing a range of wines.