Gloire de Duras - Chardonnay Auxerrois
Gloire de Duras - Chardonnay Auxerrois (87 TSW)
Wine from Belgium? Hell yes! Just like the Dutch, Belgian winemakers can produce quality wines.
The Gloire de Duras estate is located in the heart of Haspengouw, namely in Wilderen (Sint-Truiden). Peter Nijskens is a full-time wine grower in addition to being a fruit grower. Wine domain Gloire de Duras is a real family project. Together with his wife Hilde and three children they run this Belgium wine domain. In the wine cellar they are assisted by Hans Van Nyen.
The wine estate only produces white wines. In 2015 the first planting of the Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Auxerrois grapes took place. These grapes were harvested for the first time in 2016. A planting of Riesling followed in 2017. One of the plots where Riesling is planted is located in the old vegetable garden of the Castle of Duras. Unique to this planting is that this is a clos (a walled vineyard). There is a microclimate here.
In 2019 they expanded again with a planting of Pinot Gris and Auxerrois. This one is located around the tasting pavilion of the Haspengouw wine estate. They currently have 6.5 hectares. The vineyards are located in Haspengouw, more specifically in Wilderen and Duras (Sint-Truiden). A part of the vineyards is located in Halle-Booienhoven (Flemish Brabant). About the wine:
Blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Auxerrois.
In the glass a bright straw yellow color.
On the medium nose aromas of yellow apple, pear and peach with hints of lime, white flowers and some spices.
On the palate dry, medium-bodied, soft and round with medium acidity and nice balance. Fruit driven, very pure with a nice and elegant finish. I am very curious about the other wines.