AN UNUSUAL VINTAGE, VERY 1980’S
Clos de l’oratoire des papes white 2013
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Grenache Blanc, Roussane, Clairette, Bourboulenc
Early manual harvesting in order to reinforce the expression of the terroir. Pressing is carried out as whole clusters in a 30 hL closed cage pneumatic press with moderate settling lasting for 12 to 36 hours at cold temperatures (6°C). The juices are vinified in egg-shaped concrete vats to create gravitational movement (known as the ‘vortex phenomenon’) by ensuring that the lees remain suspended so as to increase aromatic potential. 80% of the blend is fermented in vats at between 15 and 18°C and then aged on its full lees and without malolactic fermentation. The remaining 20% of the blend is fermented in 300 L new oak barrels and stirred gently through until December time.
Aged for around 6 months, up until springtime, on its fine lees in egg-shaped concrete vats (80%) and 300 L French oak barrels (20%).
After many years of rest in our cellars, the Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes white 2013 is revealing a strong personality and distinctive character imparted by the limestone soils in which it was grown. The nose exudes a combination of white stone fruits, pepper, licorice, petrol and fennel. The palate is just as expressive and characterized by a smooth, warm texture underpinned by a pleasant hint of bitterness that lingers on the end palate. A wine that is made for gastronomy.
Food and wine pairing
The 2013 vintage pairs beautifully with dishes such as John Dory served with a Jerusalem artichoke purée, a roast leg of rabbit in olive oil, pepper and provencal herbs or even hard cheeses.
The Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes white is best enjoyed at around 10°C in order to fully appreciate its aromatic complexity and natural freshness.
This cuvée can be enjoyed in its youth to appreciate its freshness, fruitiness and salinity or otherwise kept for several years in the cellar during which time it will develop floral, mineral notes and a hint of petrol (up to 10/15 years).