Pesquié, Terrasses Ventoux Blanc 750ml 2016France, Rhône
70% Viognier, 15% Roussanne and 15% Clairette
The three varietals of Terrasses white are all evidently in the AOC Ventoux varietal list but the Viognier is a "secondary varietal" and a blend of 50% Viognier or more cannot be classified as an AOC. This is the reason this wine is a Vin de France.
The Viognier, which is an early ripening varietal, is harvested first in early September. Cold maceration (skin contact around 8°C) for about 12 hours. The Roussanne and even more the Clairette are harvested later in September. Their fermentation last about 15 days and takes place in stainless steel tank. No oak ageing. The malolactic transformation is blocked to support natural freshness. Bottled at the estate.
'The 2016 Terrasses Blanc is bottled as a Vin de France because the Ventoux appellation doesn't permit Viognier to be a primary variety. In this wine, it accounts for 70%, blended with 15% each Roussanne and Clairette. Fragrant aromas of apricot blossoms and melon speak eloquently of the Viognier component, as does the broad, slightly viscous mouthfeel, while there's sufficient acidity to provide definition and length. Drink this unoaked, easygoing white over the next 12-18 months.' – Wine Advocate, 89/100
'Serious white wine with real refreshment value. Herbal and focused – if tight and a bit astringent. Still very youthful.' – Jancis Robinson, 16.5/20
'Very limpid color with silver reflections, nose of white flowers and citrus aromas with lime notes. Beautiful tension and freshness on the palate with citrus aromas (lemon and grape fruit), exotic fruits (litchis) and white fruits.' – Winemaker
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