A GENEROUS VINTAGE
Clos de l’oratoire des papes white 2015
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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%).
This wine is entering a fascinating stage in its evolution. The Clos de l’Oratoire des Papes white goes through phases of several months at a time whereby it either closes itself or opens up to us. The 2015 is currently displaying beautiful notes of ripe white stone fruits underpinned by spicy notes. The palate retains incredible generosity and serves as a reminder of the sunny character of this vintage. The limestone soils and early harvesting have tamed the intensity of the 2015 vintage resulting in an exceptional wine for gastronomy.
Food and wine pairing
The Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes white 2015 makes the perfect partner for hard cheeses, shellfish, herb and sauce based fish dishes or a rabbit stew.
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).