Cuvée Adeline 2009 AOC Ventoux white

Grape Varieties : Roussanne, Clairette (with yields below 3ohl/hectare, handpicked).

Tasting Notes : A golden, straw coloured wine which has an elegant mineral and white fruit (citron confit and grapefruit) opening on the nose supported by some subtle floral (vervein and honeysuckle) notes. In the mouth there is a very fresh start, a good acidity, with the earlier fruit resonating, then an almost salty finish.

Terroir : The white varieties at Unang are positioned at the valley floor, by the River Nesque, at an altitude of 220 metres. This clay-limestone soil is sited in the shadow of the Plateau de Vaucluse and so is sheltered from the sun. This reduced exposure to the sun gives these vineyards cooler temperatures and slower maturation, lending themselves to lively and expressive wines.

Wine-making : Late-harvested, the grapes were left in contact with their skins before pressing to take on more character. The wines started off their fermentation at low temperatures in  stainless-steel vats before about one-fifth of the Roussanne was moved into new, French oak barrels, where it remained for 5 months.

Notes : Serve chilled, this wine could accompany a range of dishes, from roast veal to lobster – even coconut-based Thai curry. Ready to drink from 2011, and good for 4 years, or more.

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