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Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc 2014 Sisyphe
  • 32. Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc 2014 Sisyphe

    Clos du Rouge Gorge, Cyril Fhal

    100% Grenache Gris (13% alc.)

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    70 year old Grenache Gris planted on hillsides of gneiss and orthogneiss from the fine lieu-dit of Ubac (due north-facing which helps to preserve freshness).  The wine is aged with no batonnage in a new 500ltr barrel made by famous Austrian tonnelier Stockinger and several four year old barriques.  Delicacy, precision and terrific freshness characterise this wine, citrus and white fruits with herbal notes of  lemon thyme, anise, lavender, mint, a mineral cut and saline with gentle bitters on the long finish.  Unfined and unfiltered, very low sulphur. An excellent alternative to white burgundy. For drinking now to 2022.

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Winemaker
Clos du Rouge Gorge, Cyril Fhal
Location
Latour de France (one of the best villages for Roussillon-Villages wines)
Size of domaine
5 hectares (inc ½ hectare of white)
Grape
Grenache Gris (70 yrs old) – 4400 vines per hectare planted in old gobelet formation.
Terroir
Sandy, silty soil derived from mother rock of gneiss which is found 80cm from the surface. North and east facing parcels at 150-200 mtrs altitude.
Viticulture
Since buying the vines in 2002, main aim to revitalise the soils. Ploughs the soil, uses no chemical pesticides or weedkillers in conversion to bio-dynamic viticulture (Demeter). No heavy tractors used. Hand harvested and table de trie used to check every individual grape. 25 hectos per hectare yields.
Vinification
Grapes pressed and no sulphur used before vinification. Allowed to settle overnight then transferred to 2-3 year old barrels. Slow fermentations then proceed, lasting roughly 3 months for both the alchoholic and malolactic fermentations. Aged for total of 10 months in barrel on the fine lees. No batonnage. Bottled by hand by gravity.
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