Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2016

SKU/Code: 
DB8944-16
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Clairette
Country: 
France
Region: 
Rhône
Farming Type: 
Organic
Eric Texier

50% Bourbolenc/50%Clairette. Eric has worked closely for many years with Jean Riché, the owner/farmer of these vines which lie 1 km. from the Rhône River.  The Bourbelenc and Clairette are bush-trained so that the leaves can help shade the fruit from the hot sun. The site is flat and stony with cool, clay-based soils over limestone mother rock. There are Grenache Blanc interspersed, but Eric stopped using the Grenache years ago,feeling that it compromised the lower-alcohol, better-balanced, terroir-expressive profile he prefers. To preserve the freshness and attain balance, Eric harvests the fruit quite early and crushes it with the stems. It is fermented with native yeasts in neutral oak and kept on its lees until bottling around November after the vintage (no more than 30 mg/liter of sulfur).Very small production.