Clos de l’oratoire des papes white 2014 75c
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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%).
The colour is a beautiful golden yellow with glints of green. The nose expresses the specificity of this wine, with aromas of white fruit (apple, pear), orange blossom, aniseed and lemon and woody undertones. The palate has much presence, is very fruity, with finesse, breadth and sweetness, but retaining a good balance of freshness. The limestone is the hallmark of the palate with a saline finish and great bitters.
Food and wine pairing
The Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes white 2014 makes the perfect partner with fish, crayfish, pike 'quenelles' with with 'Nantua' sauce, spicy dishes, etc.
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).