Domaine de Montcalmes - white - 2018 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
The Rousanne and Marsanne grape varieties are fragrant and easily recognizable with their floral scent, delicate pear fruit and honey notes. Subtle and yet dense on the palate, not heavy but delicately spicy and with a finely chiseled freshness.
Domaine de Montcalmes is located 30 km north-west of Montpellier. It takes its name from the hamlet of Montcalmès located on the plateau of the same name which overlooks the Hérault valley. Originally, the family farm had 30 ha of vines fully vinified in a cooperative cellar. In 1998, Frédéric Pourtalié and his father Jean-Marie decided to create a special cellar. The first wine making in red took place in 1999 and only 5000 bottles were produced. Today, Domaine de Montcalmès produces around 50,000 bottles a year. The property extends over 22 ha in the municipalities of Puéchabon, Aniane, St Jean de Fos and St Saturnin de Lucian (municipalities all part of the Terrasses du Larzac appellation).
Grape variety: 50% roussanne and 50% marsanne.
Average age of the vines: 20 years.
Yield: 20 hl/ha
Vineyard: the vines are planted on a clay-limestone hillside in the commune of Puéchabon.
Vinification : The different grape varieties are pressed and vinified together. The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed beforehand. Direct pressing. Cold settling. (24 to 48 hours). Vinification on indigenous yeasts. Fermentation in barrels and demi-muids.
Aging : Aging in oak barrels and demi-muids of one or two wines for 24 months. Blending of the barrels and demi-muids four to six months before bottling. Bottling in Lune Vieille.