Calmel & Joseph is a picture postcard winery set in the rolling hills just south of Carcassonne. Everything is ultra modern and in good taste – shades of California, as are the wines. This Chardonnay is medium-bodied, and while it’s a bit vanilla/oaky, it wears it well. Pretty and hard to resist. Especially at this price. Think herb-roasted chicken or anything in a cream sauce.
CALMEL & JOSEPH 16 Chardonnay, ‘Villa Blanche’ Pays d’Oc, France 375071 $14.90 ($12.90 till Nov 5)