Côtes du Rhône 2019
AOP Côtes du Rhône White
- 90 pts - ARGENT Decanter
Tasting“Impressive white peach, nectarine, and floral notes all emerge from the 2019 Côtes Du Rhône Laurus Blanc. This medium-bodied, vibrant, beautifully balanced white has classic Southern Rhône richness as well as a notable sense of freshness and purity.” Jeb Dunnuck, Oct 2020
“Impressive white peach, nectarine, and floral notes all emerge from the 2019 Côtes Du Rhône Laurus Blanc. This medium-bodied, vibrant, beautifully balanced white has classic Southern Rhône richness as well as a notable sense of freshness and purity.” Jeb Dunnuck, Oct 2020
Food & wine pairingsPollack fish stew (Bourride)
Papillotte of cod
Pollack fish stew (Bourride)
Papillotte of cod
In the Southern Rhône Valley the harvest was spread out between the 2nd of September and the beginning of October. The whites were harvested in the first half of September while the reds were harvested in two stages in order to maximise elegance and intensity. The first half was around mid-September while the second picking took place towards the end of September, after a brief, beneficial rainfall. The balance and concentration of this vintage are remarkable.
34% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, 20% Grenache, 17% Marsanne, 6% Clairette
The selected parcels are located in two distinct terroirs:
– One located in the East Gard area, on the right bank of the Rhône river, where the alluvial terraces, hard limestone, large river stones and sand provide finesse, acidity and elegance
– The other in the Vaucluse, on the left bank, where the rich clay and limestone pebbles provide an overall opulence.
The harvest started early, between August 20th and Septembre 3rd. The Viognier grapes first underwent a pre-fermentation cold soak on the skins while the remaining varieties were all pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The Roussanne, Viognier and part of the Marsanne started their fermentation in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to barrels to finish fermenting. 45% of the cuvée was then aged in 275 liter oak Laurus barrels for 8 months with regular stirring of the lees for the first 3 months. To retain fresh acidity, the cuvée did not undergo malolactic fermentation.
Bottled on : 23rd July 2020.
40 000 bottles produced.
Best served at 10-12°C
Enjoyment: between 2020 and 2025
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