White 2011 AOC Ventoux

Grape Varieties: Clairette, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc (with yields of 30hl/hectare, hand-picked).

Tasting Notes : A delicately coloured wine with subtle, straw colors with hints of green. On the nose it says white flowers and citrus. It has a good, firm and fresh feel in the mouth, and a refreshing, almost salty finish.

Terroir : The white varieties at Unang are positioned in the valley floor, by the River Nesque, at 220 meters above sea-level. This clay-limestone soil is 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 : The grapes were left in contact with their skins before pressing, then fermented at cool temperatures (15-18 C) in stainless-steel vats. The wine was bottled in April 2012.

Notes : Serve chilled, as an aperitif or with grilled fish or even shellfish. Ready to drink now and typically will be drunk within 2 or 3 years – though will evolve and last longer.

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