About This Wine...
“aromas of white peach, pear and some delicate white flowers with hints of spice. A refreshing wine with a rich mouthfeel and a long lingering fruity finish… exceptional value for money” Lynda Coogan for theTaste.ie March 2019
The ancient southern French wine-producing region of ‘La Clape’ is distinctly Mediterranean. The vineyards slope gently down towards the shoreline and bask in over 300 days of sunshine per year. By night cool sea air carries with it moisture that not only allows the grapes to achieve their full flavour and ripeness but also imparts a freshness which is reflected in the elegant character of the finished wine.
The ‘Classique’ range of wines are smooth and impressive, made from hand-picked grapes and bottled at the estate.
Bourboulenc (50%), Grenache (30%), Roussanne (10%), Marsanne (10%).
Terroir: Hard limestone screes of the mountain of La Clape. Warm and dry climate tempered by the Mediterranean. Slow ripening thanks to cooler nights on the shores of the sea.
Growing method: Sustainable practices according to ASCERT charter for respect of the environment and complexity of the wine: composted pomace amendment, crushed unwanted shoots, plowing, no insecticides, no weedkillers.
Harvest: Two-months-long picking according to maturity of each variety and plots. Grapes are hand-selected.
Vinification: Total de-stemming, slow pressing, juice is gravity-fed into vats, each variety is vinified separately. Cleaned from bad lees twice, traditional temperature-controlled fermentation.
Ageing: Stirring on the fine lees in concrete vats during 4 to 5 months. Natural stabilisation and static clarification by gravity, no fining nor filtrating.
Tasting notes: Pale yellow colour with golden glints. Elegant bouquet of spring flowers and fresh spices such as anise or fennel. Smooth mouth revealing a rich and long complexity of white fruits balanced by a mineral freshness.
Ageing potential: Enjoy fresh and fruity in the first 5 years. Ageing potential of 8 to 10 years.
Food pairing: Try the Classique White as an apéritif with salmon cream toasts or simply dry nuts. Excellent with grilled fish and also white meat. Perfect with goat and sheep fresh cheese.
Service : Aerate and drink at around 14°C/55°F. If served too cold, this wine will not develop its full aroma.
What they say:
- “La Clape is the only appellation based on the Bourboulenc grape. It brings freshness and structure and makes the reputation of La Clape for white wines. It is half of this blend together with Grenache for its fruit and a dash of Roussanne and Marsanne for additional complexity.” Eric Fabre, winemaker
- “Wonderfully zesty but full, mature wine. Marine, complete, rich.” Jancis Robinson
- “Round and fresh mouth… mineral… subtil nose… acacia flower… white peach.” Hachette Guidebook
“A thorough nursing giving ampleness… tasty wine with a nice freshness.” La Revue du Vin de France
“The whites are among the best around. Fresh nose, perfect match with grilled fish.” Bettane & Dessauve
“Typical flavours of iodine and saltiness which are revealed when ageing.” Terre de Vins
- 2015 Vintage – 90/100 pts Wine Enthusiast November 2016 ‘…………while this is delightful now, it will mature and develop well through 2022’.