The appellation extends over 7 communes and the vineyards thrive on the left bank of the Rhône river, on steep granitic hillsides at the foot of the Mount Pilat. On this terroir, the Viognier grape variety produces a wine of great aromatic intensity with a mineral finale.
The vineyards are located in the commune of Malleval in the southern sector of the appellation. They are at more than 300 m in altitude, with a south/south-eastern exposure. The soils are a combination of migmatite, granite and gneiss conferring exhuberant aromas and strong mineral qualities to the Viognier grapes.
Manual harvest between September 21st and October 1st 2016. After a short cold-soak, the alcoholic fermentation took place in vats followed by the malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels. 17 months elevage on fine lees, with a regular stirring of lees during the first 6 months.
Production: 4 671 bottles, 13 magnums and 13 jeroboams.
Bottled on: April 26th 2018
"It boasts terrific notes of white flowers, candied lemon, tangerine, and toast. This medium to full-bodied, ripe, sexy, yet also incredibly elegant 2016 is up with the crème de la crème of the vintage." Jeb Dunnuck, le 24 janvier 2018.
Best served at 12-14°C
Optimum maturity: 2018 - 2025
Ravioli of langoustines
Scallops with cream and white wines
20 to 30 years on average – 34 hl/ha
Reknown since the 15th century, this confidential appellation was awarded “AOC” status in 1940 and is one of the greatest French white wines.
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