Clairette Blanche 2016

 

 

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CLAIRETTE BLANCHE 2016
AOC Clairette du languedoc

Soil: rounded stones and gravel

Grape: 100% Clairette Blanche

Harvest: by hand with systematic hand selection

Production: 30 hl/ha

Vinification: Destemming, pressing, quick skin contact, juice extraction, cold clarification, temperature control and then traditional vinification on lees 30% in new oak & 70% in stainless steel tank. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation.

Maturation : 18 months on lees. Natural decanting thanks to cold winter temperatures.

Bottling: at the wine estate, with a very light filtration in order to keep the structure of the wine unspoiled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage: a mild and dry winter followed by a hot and rainy spring. Cool weather during early summer, then a heatwave at the end of August and early September. A favourable rain on September 13th before an ideal weather during the harvest resulted in perfectly healthy grapes of optimal ripeness. In the end, the wines are fruity, elegant, well-balanced and fresh. 

Eye: shiny with golden hints.

Nose: mineral and fresh with notes of sweet almond, exotic fruit, citrus, fennel and anise.

Palate: full-bodied, rounded and fat with a fine structure.
In the end, a very elegant wine with a lasting finish.

Ageing Capacity: already pleasant to drink ageing potential of five to seven years

Serving Temperature: 12-13 C / 54-55 F

Food & Wine Suggestions: this Clairette du Languedoc is a perfect companion to dishes such as scallop, shellfish with garlic butter, monkfish with bacon or other fish in sauce, as well as white meat with mushrooms and cream. When aged, it can also be served with a cheese tray.  Excellent with cheese dishes !