Here Nicolas creates a refreshing blend of mostly Grenache Blanc with Bourboulenc, Clairette and Ugni Blanc. This blend is particularly interesting because of the difference between the terroirs on which the grapes are grown: the Grenache Blanc is handpicked from sandy, stony slopes with a northern exposure, while the Bourboulenc comes from white clay with a southern exposure.
Nicolas blends here four different parcels, which are located in the communes of Saze and Rochefort. One parcel of Grenache Blanc is pressed and destemmed, and the grapes are left to settle overnight under cool temperatures. The Grenache Blanc is fermented separately, in casks, while the Bourboulenc, Clairette, and Ugni Blanc are fermented in vats, and then moved to a stainless steel tank for ageing. The wine does complete malolactic fermentation, and is bottled with very little SO2.
Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Bourboulenc, Clairette and Ugni
*Organic, native yeast, tank/old barrel