Varietals: Greneche, Syrah
Spice and black tea aromas leading the way for a silky core of raspberry and plum flavors. The long, lingering finish of bold fruit and spicy oak. 22 months in French oak.
“La Fleur Solitaire”
Region: Côtes du Rhône
Varietals: 50% Grenache Blanc, 20% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, 10% Viognier
Proper white Côtes du Rhône – fresh, medium-bodied and vinous. The nose is pretty and delicate with just hints of hedgerow flowers. The flavors are nuanced and refined rather than overt. Careful use of oak adds texture and viscosity to this very drinkable white.
Following an experiment with a micro cuvée crafted from seven barrels back in 2009, we now source from selected vineyards in the southern Rhône. Each is picked separately in the cooler daylight hours for gentle pressing the same morning and fermented at a low temperature. To a base of Grenache Blanc, we blend Viognier with co-fermented pairs of Roussanne / Marsanne and Bourblanc / Clairette (for freshness). Over the years we have increased the proportion we vinifiy in stainless steel tanks, with approximately a quarter vinified and matured for six months in 3001 French oak barrels of second to third fill.