Bandol Blanc 2016
Grape variety : 90% Clairette, 10% Ugni-Blanc
Terroir : Limestone and clay soils. Vineyard cultivated in terraces (locally called “restanques”) on the steep slopes of a natural cirque.
Yields : 25 hl/ha
Average age of vines : 4 years old
Winemaking process : The grapes are hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard. They are then sorted again at the cellar before being de-stemmed. After a 12 to 14 hours of maceration, the grapes are pressed and then fermented for about 20 days at 17-20°C in stainless steel tanks. Finally the wines are aged 6 months in tanks.
The vintage : 2016 started with a relatively mild winter. The first leaves appeared very early, but Spring was particularly cool which slowed-down the vines growth. The flowering happened in great conditions with a good grape output. As the drought continues we decided to remove some grapes of the over-charged vines in order to save a high qualitative potential. Summer was dry and windy, got hotter and hotter, which accelerated the grapes maturity.
We started the harvest of the whites grapes on August 25th. Rosés and Reds were harvested till the 14th of September. Despite the water scarcity, the vines resisted, drawing in the deeper clayey soils, while regulating their vegetative growth. The grapes are small, perfectly sane and concentrated, with a good acidity.
Wine Tasting : The nose is reminiscent of tropical fruits. There is a crisp and pleasant aftertaste but also a bouquet of delicate aromas such as tropical fruits, white flowers and citrus fruits.
Serve : Best served chilled, 10 to 12°C.
Food pairings :
- It pairs beautifully with Fish and seafood
- This wine goes well with salads and goat’s cheese.