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La Clavelle n°8
THE PERFORMANCES – WHITE
La Clavelle n°8 is the child of the unexpected. It captures the excellence of a rare instant in time in a parcel of white Grenache on the heights of Cairanne, which excelled itself in the summer of 2019. It derives its name from a tiny parcel of white Grenache of over 40 years old, in the searing heat of the summer of 2019, gave birth to the exceptional. Very early we saw that the grapes were of exceptional quality. When we tasted the berries the aromas were incredible, and something told us that we were looking at grapes that would give us the extraordinary power to reveal the purest aromatic signature of white Grenache.
THE 2019 VINTAGE
The colour is characteristic of white Grenache with its lovely pale hue and almond green reflections. On the nose there are aromas of fresh almonds and a touch of honey, underlined by a certain tension and minerality. The mouth has an extraordinary fullness and intensity for a Grenache, whilst retaining a certain suavity that persists languorously on the finish. Truly an iron fist in a velvet glove. The promise we identified in the vines became a reality in the cellar, producing a wine with a tense, chiselled profile, highly expressive, almost insolent. The varietal expression of white Grenache really comes to the fore.
This is a wine that is not designed to please everyone. Atypical, and perhaps even controversial, it reveals all the originality of this grape. A rare edition.
100% Grenache blanc
The parcel of white Grenache for this wine sits on the Montagne de Ventabren in Cairanne in the sector “La Clavelle”. It is the parcel n°8 of this zone, hence its name.
The Montagne de Ventabren owes its renown first of all to its situation at altitude and its orientation that benefits from ideal levels of sunshine that enable the grapes to ripen to perfection. And its unique geological composition makes it a terroir that is particularly suited to old vines. Here limestone scree from the Miocene period carved out of the rock by the force of erosion, scattered with rare flintstone, alternates with lacustrine marl. This deep, well balanced terroir counterbalances the intense heat of the Provencal sun by providing unexpected freshness. The combination of altitude with the marl and limestone terroir gives both red and white wines complex, powerful, elegant, and fresh aromas.
La Clavelle n°8 = 0.85 ha
Age of vines
HARVESTING & VINIFICATION
The grapes are picked in whole bunches, into small 16kg crates. The cool hours of the morning are favoured for picking these exceptional parcels.
On arrival at the cellar, the grapes go into a vibrating hopper. They are then entirely destemmed and pass by gravity into an axially fed, closed cage pneumatic press. Only the core of the press wine is retained from 0.6 bars.
The juice is cold settled at 12°C to retain only the fine lees. It is then seeded with selected yeasts and fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless-steel vats at 14 – 18°C with macro-oxygenation throughout.
We preserve the natural levels of malic acid by blocking malolactic fermentation. The lees are stirred into suspension before the wine is racked and then aged on fine lees.
From the onset of fermentation, we saw that this perfect terroir/grape variety/vintage balance should not be disturbed by barrel ageing.
19 septembre 2019
Temperature of grapes at reception
ENJOYING IT AT ITS BEST
Best served at 10°C after a short aeration in carafe.
La Clavelle n°8 is enjoyable now, or may be kept for up to 8 years.
It is not simple to find adequate pairings for such a self-sufficient wine, but it will do honour to a subtly matured artisan goat’s cheese or a truffled braised chicken.
Addition of metatartaric acid
40 g /hl
3,57 g H2SO4/L
La Clavelle n°8 – Performances 2019 par E.COUZI