Les Grains de Novembre

32,00

Vintage: Soléra
Grape Varieties: 100% white grenache altered by noble rot
Havest: manual

Colour: orange golden colour.
Bouquet: the first impression is explosive and marked by the waxy aromas characteristic of botrytised harvests. We then come back to the classic aromas of the White Grenache: apricot, pear and passion fruit.
Palate: The attack is powerful and lively. The mid-palate is opulent. The aromas of apricot, pear, and then caramel and toast are of a rare intensity. The finish is unctuous
and marked by an interminable persistence of aromas and a delightful sugar/acidity balance.

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Description

Grape Varieties: 100% white grenache altered by noble rot
Terroir: clayey-sandy slopes exposed to the East
Harvest date: in 3 or 4 successive selections spread over the month of November
Vinification: harvested at a potential of 23°, the must then ferments naturally up to 14° alcohol and leaves 9° residual sugar (i.e. 150 gr/litre)
Maturation: two years in barrels that have previously been used for three wines
Vintage: Soléra

This somewhat unusual wine is the result of an observation and a good deal of dreaming. We had actually noticed at harvest time that the White Grenache, a very early grape variety generous in alcohol, sometimes had one or two grapes per bunch which had taken on a beautiful, purple colour and were slightly dried out (by noble rot).

Obviously their sugar concentration was exceptional! The only problem was to find out whether this phenomenon would extend to all the grapes of the bunch by delaying the harvest date. Over the years, we realised that this dream could be a reality but that this “noble phenomenon” took place only on 4 rows of vines with very particular conditions of exposure and aerodynamics.

As a result, of course, the production of this nectar remains more than confidential since we vinify only one barrel per vintage.

Tasting

Colour: orange golden colour.
Bouquet: the first impression is explosive and marked by the waxy aromas characteristic of botrytised harvests. We then come back to the classic aromas of the White Grenache: apricot, pear and passion fruit.
Palate: the attack is powerful and lively. The mid-palate is opulent. The aromas of apricot, pear, and then caramel and toast are of a rare intensity. The finish is unctuous and marked by an interminable persistence of aromas and a delightful sugar/acidity balance.

Food pairing suggestions

Starters: foie gras with figs and gingerbread.
Cheeses: Bblue-veined cheeses (Bleu des Causses, Stilton) accompanied by quince or walnut paste.

Serving temperature: at 14 °C (57 °F). Decant old vintages.