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Cairanne Blanc CDR-Villages AC 2016, Réserve des Seigneurs
  • 108. Cairanne Blanc CDR-Villages AC 2016, Réserve des Seigneurs

    Domaine de l’Oratoire Saint-Martin

    50% Roussanne, 50% Clairette (13.5% alc.)

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    Cuve aged, this wine especially reflects the benefits of bio-dynamic viticulture according to the Alary brothers. It now has more freshness and definite saline note on the finish.  It shows peach, exotic fruits and floral notes on the palate and has a welcoming tension and freshness. For drinking now to 2021.

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Further details
Fréderic & François Alary. The family have worked the vineyard since 1692.
Size of domaine
28 hectares (7000 bts Cairanne Blanc produced)
40% Clairette, 50% Roussanne, 10% Viognier. 30 yr old vines. 5000 vines per hectare in gobelet formation. Selection massale
Clay/limestone. Planted with aspect to east in north-east sector of Cairanne only 200 mtrs away from edge of Rasteau appellation. On a 20° slope (only 35% of Cairanne is on slopes). Quartier called Les Douyes. Yield = 45 hectos per hectare.
The vines are worked naturally without chemical fertilisers or pesticides. The soil is ploughed and grass allowed to grow in alternate rows. Debud severely in May. Hand harvest – severe sorting both in the vineyard and back at the cave via a table de trie.
Chill grapes down to 8° or 10° initially then quite a low ferment at 18° - only indigenous yeasts used. Stainless steel cuve aged – left on the fine lees until end of April. Malos blocked for this wine but carried out for Haut Coustias. Fined with isinglass and bottled beginning of May.
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