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Christophe Blanc

Christophe Blanc

VigneronChristophe Blanc
LocationSt-Michel-sur-Rhône (Loire)
Size of Domaine5 ha
TerroirContinental climate, Mistral (northern wind) influence. Granite with calcareous veins. Steep terraced vineyards overlooking the Rhône. 340m altitude.
ViticulturePracticing organic
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Nowadays Christophe Blanc farms a bit less than 5 ha with vines in St Joseph and Côte-Rôtie. It all started in Condrieu when (in 2005) he planted 1.6 ha high up (at 340m altitude) on the vertiginous shoulder of the hillside, in St-Michel-sur-Rhône, an extreme physical work even for a well-built rugby player!

Living on the terraced slope, literally 50m away from some of his vines, Christophe can cherish them and pick grapes at the precise 'bon moment', retaining much more freshness than the norm in Condrieu. This prime granitic terroir, intersected by veins of limestone, ensures minerals and salt whilst the relatively young vines help to give more acidity, and so Christophe is able to push the ripeness of 10% of the grapes to bring complexity from noble rot.

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Christophe Blanc Wines

Christophe Blanc

LES GALETS 2017
Vin de France
100% Viognier (14% alc.)

Christophe produces just 0.23 ha of viognier from young vines high up on the hillside on granitic soils in St-Michel-sur- Rhône. Very good value viognier, with typical notes of peach, pear skin, mineral touch and vigour on the finish.

Christophe Blanc

CONDRIEU 2017
Les Vallins
100% Viognier (12.5% alc.)

This has a lower alcohol level than most Condrieu – as the winery is 50 metres from his vines, and he has such a small holding (just 0.33 ha), Christophe is able to pick the grapes at the precise ‘bon moment’ and retain an acidity which is so often lost in late harvesting. A wellhandled élevage helps the wine retain freshness and it seems that mica-rich soil gives this apricot and peach-rich viognier an added complexity.

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