Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

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VINTAGE As autumn is drawing to a close and the wine presses have been washed and put away, the first wines tasted before being blended confirm what had been sensed: 2016 is going to be a fabulous vintage! And if some compare it to the magnificent 2010, some others do not hesitate to go as far as the famous star-vintage 1990‰Û_ Either way, the evidence that we are witnessing the making of a great vintage is clear. The ChÌ¢teauneuf-du-Pape whites are fine and full-bodied. They reveal an optimum ripeness and at the same time, thanks to a naturally low pH, a beautiful freshness. The Grenache grape expresses aromas of white and yellow fruit (peach, pear, quince) and white flowers. The Roussane grape is very expressive and reveals scents of exotic fruit, peach and apricot. Thanks to a beautiful autumn, the Clairette and Bourboulenc grapes, both late varietals, were picked at full ripeness, thus contributing to the final blending by their elegant notes.

TERROIR The soils are mainly a clayey sand on south facing slopes. Localities: Montalivet, Le Chemin de Sourgues, Les Cabanes.

WINEMAKING After being hand harvested, the grapes are crushed in full bunches. After letting the lees settle for one night the Roussane is put into one year old barrels to ferment and the other varietals into stainless steel vats. The wine in the vats is raised on its fine lees but without stirring while the wine in oak is regularly stirred to put the lees in suspension. The final blending of the different vats/barrels takes place just before bottling. The malo-lactic fermentation is not desired.

BLEND Clairette (40%), Bourboulenc (17%), Roussanne (30%), Grenache Blanc (10%), Picpoul blanc (1%) , Picardan (1%) et clairette Rose (1 %).


PRODUCTION 10240 bottles

AGEING POTENTIAL Can be drunk young fruity but can also be retained ten years

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