White, Ready, but will keep

2016 Domaine de l'Hortus, Grande Cuvée Blanc, Val de Montferrand

2016 Domaine de l'Hortus, Grande Cuvée Blanc, Val de Montferrand

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine de l'Hortus | Code:  45470 | 2016 | France > Vin de Pays > Vin de Pays d'Oc > VDP de Montferrand | White Rhône Blend | Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol


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WA - Pic Saint-Loup is a red-wine-only appellation, so this white, made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Viognier, 15% Sauvignon Gris and 10% Petit Manseng, is sold as 2016 Val de Montferrand Blanc Grande Cuvee. The Chardonnay is vinified and aged in oak, while the other varieties are done in stainless. Grilled toast frames tangerine and apricot notes in this medium to full-bodied white, which boasts a lovely silky texture. It's plump and satisfying, complex and harmonious, and it's long on the finish, echoing of citrus and fresh herbs.
Joe Czerwinski - 27/04/2018

The Producer

Domaine de l'Hortus

Domaine de l'Hortus

The dramatic sheer limestone cliff of the famous ‘Pic’ in Pic Saint-Loup provides a fitting backdrop to the wine Domaine de L’Hortus, which is made up, under the tutellage of Jean Orliac, of one of the most honest, likeable and talented wine-making teams that one could hope to meet.

Monsieur Orliac has been farming the calcerous terraces and quartz-rich escarpments for over three decades and knows better than anyone the minutiae of its soil-structure. His particular love is the Mourvèdre grape; a relationship which predates the variety’s current popularity.

The very special terroir, which forms a balcony to the Cevennes Hills, is located 24 km north of Montpellier, situated below what can best be described as ‘scree slopes’ Behind the drama and the dazzling whiteness of the limestone, there is superb terroir here, skillfully expolited in a series of wines which play to the tune of tradition and nurture the best possible results from the indiginous grapes of the area. The results are wines of great polish and personality, wines of which the region can be justly proud.

The Grape

White Rhône Blend

White Rhône Blend

With the exception of the wines from Condrieu and Château-Grillet virtually all Rhône Valley whites are made from blends.

In the north, the white wines of Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and St-Péray are produced from blends of Marsanne and Roussanne. Generally Marsanne is the dominant partner and it lends colour, body and weight to the blend, as well as richly scented fruit. Roussanne, a notoriously low yielder and pernickety to grow, produces intensely aromatic wines which contribute bouquet, delicacy and finesse to the blend.

Until about 15 years ago there was very little interest in southern Rhône whites as it was widely believed that the combination of dull non aromatic grapes and the baking summer heat meant quality wine production was nigh impossible. Since then the quality has improved markedly through the introduction of cool fermentation techniques and increased plantings of northern Rhône white grapes.

The base of many blends is still Grenache Blanc, a widely planted variety producing fresh wines with apple-like fruits, often with hints of aniseed. Ugni Blanc is still found in many blends, as is Clairette though their general lack of character and definition has led to a reduction in plantings. The future for southern Rhône whites appears to lie with Roussanne, Marsanne, and, increasingly, Viognier.

The Region

VDP de Montferrand

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