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Côtes-du-Rhône 'St. Esprit' Blanc

2011

Côtes-du-Rhône

The Côtes-du-Rhône Saint-Esprit Blanc consists of a blend of Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Bourboulenc and Viognier varietals from the Right Bank vineyards of the Southern Rhône Valley. The Grenache adds structure to the wine while the Clairette and Bourboulenc contribute to its fine aromatic quality.


Winemaking

Vinified through the traditional method, this Côtes-du-Rhône shows the strength of the terroir. The grapes are harvested at the peak of their maturity and acidity balance. After pressing and cold settling for a period of 24 hours, the musts are racked and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a maximum temperature of 65°F. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to preserve natural balance and freshness in the wine and to enhance its finesse. The blend is then stored in stainless steel tanks until bottling. Prior to the bottling, the wine is lightly fined and filtered to ensure perfect stability.

Tasting Notes

The Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc has a golden straw hue with green tinges. The main aromas are reminiscent of white flowers and yellow fruit, enhanced by touches of exotic and citrus fruit. On the palate, the wine is alert, seductively suave and fresh. It can be paired with grilled fish or enjoyed as an aperitif.


Technical Information

Appellation
Côtes-du-Rhône
Varietal(s)
Grenache Blanc 70%, Clairette 10%, Bourboulenc 10% and Viognier 10%
Alcohol
13%
Soil Composition
Granite
Suggested Retail Price
$12