Domaine Champ Long Ventoux Blanc Les Gressane 2016
The Domaine Champ Long Ventoux Blanc is a classic blend of two of the Rhônes best white wine varietals, Grenache Blanc and Rousanne. The resulting style and flavour is immense with rich characters of stone fruit combined with buttery and toasty flavours. It's a delightful wine to drink on it's own but will also pair beautifully with a wide variety of foods.
Nestled in the foothills of the Mont Ventoux, on the Princes of Orange route, is the Champ Long Estate. The sheltered and exceptionally sunny estate covers 30 hectares, straddling the Ventoux and Côtes du Rhône appellations. An exceptional diversity of terroirs contributes to the complexity of these fine wines, which are vinified using methods that fuse traditional skills with modern technology. Owners Béatrice, Christian and Jean-Christophe Gely, cultivate their passion for wine in this beautiful countryside, which has belonged to the family since 1820.
The vines are grown on sandy slopes at the foot of sandstone outcrops, with a south easterly aspect. Aged between 15 to 25 years, the vines yield 35 hectolitres/ hectare.
Manually harvested, the best grapes were then meticulously selected for this cuvée. The grapes were destemmed, crushed, macerated and gently pressed in a pneumatic press, prior to a cold static settling at 1012 degrees celius for 24 to 36 hours.
The fermentation took place in new oak 400 litre barrels, with regular lees stirring. The wine was then aged for eight months in new oak 400 litre barrels.
Complex aromas of stone fruits, gingerbread, buttered and toasted notes enhance the rich and mouthfilling palate, which has a lovely freshness on the finish.
A great food wine, this works well with starters, fish dishes accompanied by a delicate sauce, poultry served in a cream and tarragon sauce, and blue or goats' cheese.
Grenache Blanc 50%, Roussanne 50%
France. Region: Rhône
Dry/Sweet value: 2 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: N/A
Contains Sulphites: Yes