LES ROCHES BLANCHES
|Vin Rouge : appellation Côteaux du Languedoc Pic St LOUP
- Garrigue in full bloom, leather, and black olives.
Our opinion :
- A wine to discover which feels like the South of France.
- Tannins present and a spicy finish.
- May be drunk immediately, but may also be aged in a cellar 3 to 4 years.
Tasting conditions :
- Recommended temperature 15°C. Decant 30 minutes before serving. avant
Grape varieties :
- Syrah , Grenache, Mourvèdre
- 14% by vol
- Limestone gravel from the Hortus mountains.
Acreage cultivated :
- 3 hectares
- Grapes are hand-picked and
sorted. Everything is dine to limit yields and concentrate aromas and
matter in the wine: grapes of appropriate size, removal of green grapes
, etc ....
- Classic vinification
techniques: stripping, no crushing, remontage (the process of pumping
the fermenting grape must over the cap --the floating layer of grape
skins-- during cuvaison.).
The grape harvest is stipped (removal of the grape stalk) and not crushed.
Separate vinification for the two varieties following the same method.
The obtained must is sent into a fermentation tank at 25°C for the
Syrah and 30°C for the Grenache. The musts are ventilared by
remontage operations twice daily during the fermentation phase, then
once daily during the maceration phase.
This cuvaison lasts about 20 days. The "free run wine" is then
separated from the solids, or pomace, in a process called "raking" ant
the pomace is pressed to release the remaining tannin-rich "press
wine", and the two are blended.
Malolactic fermentation can begin. The wine is then bottled and
clarified. Blending takes place in Februrary and bottling occurs after
maturing two years.
Cellar price :
- A bottle sells for 18 €, taxes included.
What's in a name ? :
- Les Roches Blanches
is Franch for "White rocks", like those that have fallen from Hortus
and Pic Saint Loup onto the scrubland of the garrigue. Take a peek at
the photos section, and you'll "get the picture".