If Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s vineyards are best known these days for their great red wines (accounting for 95% of the appellation)mostly from the Grenache grape, connoisseurs will discern in the region’s white wines the hallmark of a great terroir. Two parcels on limestone soil have been kept apart in the Clos de l’Oratoire vineyard to create a wine, as delicate as it is rare, that will delight those in search of freshness and mineral character
Skin maceration during 6 hours and fermentation in new oak barrels of 300 l. for the Roussanne only – Direct pressing in a pneumatic press of 30 hl – Settling on the other grape varieties – fermentation in stainless steel vat at 18/19°C.
Stainless still vats out of the lees.
Eye: The robe is bright, with a gilded almost bronzed straw colour.
Nose: The nose is intense and mineral on white stonefruit (peach, pear), pear brandy, and a spicy yet elegant base of white pepper, licorice and wild flowers.
Palate: Finally the mouth marries harmoniously the round attack, the intensity of the fruit and the freshness of the finale. Beautiful mineral length on noble aromas of tea.
Ideal for fish, shrimp, Nantua style creamed fish quenelles, exotic dishes
The start of 2013 was more than a little disrupted. After a long, damp winter here in
the Rhône Valley, we had to endure an exceptionally cold and rainy spring. March
and April were among the chilliest and wettest months since weather records
began in the 1880s.
These conditions held back the vines’ development by three weeks, spring growth
being very slow and laborious. We had to wait until the week of 10 June for the
summer weather finally to arrive, bringing the requisite heat for the vines to flower
properly. Late-developing and desperate for warmth, they started to grow
vigorously, as if tomake amends and quieten our impatience at long last.
Subsequently the summer was remarkable, hot yet not scorching, with relatively
cool nights and perfectly-timed storms to prevent hydrous stress but avoid
excessive damp, text-book weather in fact.
30% White Grenache
French Oak Barrels
Eclats Calcaires (limestone rocks) in the west part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the areas named “Tresquoy” unless the Rousanne grape variety which grows on “Pradel” area.