2016 Cuvée Alphonse White
Rolle (80%), Grenache Blanc (10%), Clairette (10%)
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 harvests (2am-8am), to benefit from juices freshness, at optimal maturity for Rolle. Handpicked grapes.
Yield: 40hl/ha, below the maximum yield allowed by the AOP (55hl/ha).
Selection of parcels. Manual harvests. Selective sorting. Full bunch vinification. 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 225L oak barrels (temperature of 15°C).
10 months in 225L oak barrels over fine lees. Clarification by racking and filtration before bottling.
Imagine a meal where smells of grilled bread roll mixed with the creaminess of a clod of butter. Generosity and structure, yes, but not only.
The contrast between notes of peach, honey, dried fruits and a final tense, saline, remind us that here, terroir is under the spotlight, not aging. A final of great persistence.
An ample and strained wine allowing an uncompromising sharing among friends around a fish in sauce with a creamy garnish. The white meats are not left out. Poulardes and Poulet de Bresse have only to hold well ! Mineral or fruity, this wine has several faces. Baked cheeses (Comte refined a minimum of 16 months, a little know how to live!), Greatly recommended.