Bernier Chardonnay is an estate-bottled wine from the Couillaud brothers of Château de la Ragotière, sourced from vineyards just outside the appellation of Muscadet. They are separated only by a small road and the soil is almost identical to that of Muscadet, heavy clay with a little bit of chalk.
“This wine, made outside of Muscadet by one of that appellation’s high quality producers, the Couillauds, does a fine job of impersonating a Chablis. There is enough Chardonnay character to please fans of that varietal, but the real hallmark of this wine is its crisp, elegant, steely, mineral, and citrusy personality. It is impossible to find a wine of this type from California, Australia, or South America. A refreshing, lively wine, it will drink beautifully with light fish dishes, or served as an aperitif.”
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate