Domaine Girard



Estate bottled

On the south side of the ``Massif de la Malepère``

Domaine Girard was set up beginning of the 20th century in Alaigne and has seen four generations of winegrowers tend its vines.

The last one to come in is Philippe, who joined his father end of 1999. They then decided to bottle their production and their first vintage was 2000.

On the South side of the Massif de la Malepère, this Estate grows 25 hectares of varietals among which merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, cot, pinot noir and chardonnay.

The village of Alaigne stands against the « cuesta » that is the natural border of the area of appellation Malepère. Here the vineyards reach an altitude of 350 meters.







The Estate sits on 25 hectares of various varietals, cabernet franc, merlot, pinot and chardonnay.
The soils are mainly clay and silt, with some gravels on top of the hills.

Two vineyards produce the chardonnay :

« BONNAREL » 21 years old, South East exposure, 300 m high.
« LE RENNE » 18 years old, South exposure, 225 m high.

The Estate uses the principles of “agriculture raisonnée”, with as little use of chemicals as possible and extensive use of mechanical work to keep yields low and improve its quality.

Chardonnay 100%

Harvesting is made by machine, in small containers. Yield is around 60 Hl/ha.

Direct pressing. Vinification is done under temperature control (18 – 20°C).

Maturing lasts 4 to 5 months, in order to keep a maximum of aromas and freshness.

Serve at 16 / 18°C.

This elegant and fragrant wine is a very nice example of ripe chardonnay.

Delicate, long lasting, it will be enjoyed with poultry, fish dishes or on its own.