Tasting Note: Bright yellow colour and intense nose. Complex and subtle aromas: fruit (pineapple, peach, apricot, almond), toast and white flower. Elegant and mineral in the mouth, this wine is flavoured and has a subtly buttered texture, with a long finish.
Food Matching: Best served with shellfishes and fishes, white meats and cheeses. Enjoy also before and between meals!
Terroir: Haute Vallée de l'Aude 200-250 altitud high.
Geology: clay limestone.
Vinification: According to practices preserving the environment: pruning, destemming, de-leafing, thinning out, grape harvest vintage.
The vineyard is established on espalier to produce an optimal illuminated leaf area for grapes maturing. The vinestocks are planted with a relatively high density of 5.000stocks/Ha, which enables to control and obtain high quality wines, at low yield. The vineyard is tended in such away as to obtain a healthy harvest and moderate yields and hence get the very best out of the grapes. The harvesting date is only triggered once the grapes have reached optimum ripeness after daily tasting. The grapes are picked by hand and the full harvest is pneumatically pressed at low pressure as soon as it reaches the winery.
After light static settling, the musts start their alcoholic fermentation in vats and are rapidly transferred to new barrels at the mid-fermentation stage. Malolactic fermentation is performed according to the characteristics of the vintage.
Aging Maturing in barrels lasts 7 to 8 months (until the spring equinox) with regular stirring. After a light fining operation the unfiltered wine is bottled. It is then aged in the bottle for several months before being sold.