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%).
Intense yellow hue with delicate green glimmers. The nose exudes intense notes of white and yellow stone fruits (pear, quince, peach) before evolving towards notes of acacia and remarkable finesse. Discreet aromas of dried fruits are the sign of a sunny vintage. The palate is as powerful as the vintage itself. The limestone helped to conserve the wine’s approachability and has imparted a beautiful salinity to the finish which contrasts with the richness of the attack. A pleasant hint of bitterness lingers on the end palate to bring a unique dimension to the tasting experience.
Food and wine pairing
The Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes white 2019 will come into its own alongside white meats in a creamy sauce, hard cheeses, grilled lobster or crayfish cooked in salted butter and served with toasted bread.
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).