2016 Cuvée Fontenille White
Rolle (60%), White Grenache (20 %), Clairette (20 %)
Clay and limestone soils facing south / south-east. Located at the bottom of Luberon mountain.
Vineyard converted into organic farming since 2014. Green pruning (disbudding). Early morning & mecanical harvests (2am-8am), to benefit from juices freshness, at optimal maturity for Rolle, White Grenache and Clairette.
Yield : 45hl/ha, below the maximum yield allowed by the AOP (60hl/ha).
Harvest selective sorting. Destemming with new generation destemmer (Oscillys from Bücher) then crushing. Direct pressing with pneumatic press. Separation of pressed and free-run juices (after tasting). Cold static settling for a minimum of 48 hours. 3 weeks mono varietal fermentation in stainless steel tanks (temperature of 15°C).
Stainless steel tanks aging on fine lees until Christmas. Clarification by racking and filtration before bottling.
A bouquet of fresh white flowers and citrus fruits, which are offered with lightness. Acacia, jasmine and hawthorn reign on a nose that does not ban the gluttony of a touch of honey. The mouth is not left behind. She is envelopping and gives the sensation of crunching a fleshy white peach. The finish brings contrast to the whole by its tension and its minerality.
It's summer, the aperitif is behind you. This flan of vegetables marinated in olive oil and spices was delicious. The dish, a grilled fish, had a tender flesh... A basket of flowers and fresh fruit accompanied by a tray of goat cheeses will constitute a perfect dessert. Winter is far away! And, you think of a seafood platter. Let's hope winter is not that far!