Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Chardonnay is ripe, bathed in sunlight. Bristling with stonefruits, vanilla, toffee, apples. The palate is silky smooth, hinting at oak. There is still a line of soft acid that ties the wine together so it’s not just a liquid creme brulee. This is great for young drinking. Pair Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Chardonnay with roast chicken.
Pepe’s Beret is a label from famous Bordeaux importer Daniel Airoldi. He has created a stable of wines from Southern France that are fun, approachable, and blended with an Australian palate in mind. Although they do remain firmly French in their outlook. The label pays tribute to his great Grandfather.
Vin de Pays
This is a step above Vin de Table. It has more restrictions and also allows growers to indicate where in France the wine is grown. There are some great wines label as Vin de Pays but they are few and far between. Mostly they are simple, easy-drinking wines for every day.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.