Les Terres Blanches -AOP Les Baux de Provence - Aurelia - red - 2016 - 750 ml
WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“Intense red ruby with purple reflection. It’s a young wine ready to drink but with a good potential for ageing. Complex nose with herbal notes, cedar, spicies and little red fruit (blackcurrant). Once swirling, these notes are increased and wine lets appear oak and vanilla aromas. Nose is equilibrate and express the terroir and grape quality. Palate is complex as well, aromas are similar to the nose and full of red fruit with spicies notes. Assertive tannins emphasized by elegant oaky notes. Long finish.” Domaine des Terres Blanches
On the Northern side of the Alpilles, in a wild terroir with soils just as white as chalk, the antic Via Aurelia runs alongside the Domaine des Terres Blanches.
In 1968 Noël Michelin purchases the estate, which is made of only 25 acres of vineyards. From the start, he chooses farming methods that preserve nature: hand harvest and organic farming.
After that Noël Michelin works hard to grow the vineyard up to 98 acres and builds a vinification cellar in 1973. Largely recognized by his peers, he is elected president of the Baux de Provence winegrowers syndicate and creates the wine that will be the reference for the creation of the AOP Baux de Provence: Aurélia.
In 2012, the estate is purchased by an Alsatian family, then by Christian Latouche who already owns domaine de la Vallongue on the opposite side of the Alpilles. Nowadays Terres Blanches is one if the most renowned wines of Provence, showing on some of the world’s most prestigious chefs’ tables.
Grape varieties: Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre
Soil: clay / silt / limestone
Winemaking: 21 days of cold prefermentary. Wine is oak aged : 1/3 in new oak and 2/3 in old oak.
Food pairing: Lamb stew with potatoes (irish stew) / Game