Made from Grenache gris, this wine displays great overall balance of richness and freshness. This excellent white will be versatile on the dinner table.
The 2012 Naick Blanc is a barrel-aged blend of Grenache Gris (which I’m more and more convinced is the leading white grape varietal in the region) and Macabeu. It offers gorgeous notes of dried pineapple, rising bread, spice and ample minerality to go with a medium-bodied, fresh and lively profile on the palate. I love the overall balance of richness and freshness here, and this excellent white will be versatile on the dinner table.
|Varietal(s)||Grenache gris (95%), Macabeu (5%)|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (22)|
Nut paste and caramel, dried pineapple, white peach and melon. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and lively. Impressive persistence. Fresh finish.
Sauteed scallops, baked chicken breast.
Marl and gravelly marls on blue clay in Minervois and La Liviniere.
Organic farming. Working of the soils. Hand harvest into 15kg baskets.
Grapes are kept cold for 24 hours after harvest. Very strict sorting of the grapes. Full destemming. Fermentation and ageing in one and 2 wines demi-muids for 12 months.
After building his knowledge in vilticulture and wine industries, Claude Fonquerle in 2002, came back to his native region and established his own estate at La Livinière in Minervois, Languedoc.
The estate of 8 ha is between Carcassonne and Narbonne. Which is far away from the Mediterranean and provide the best weather for the grapes. There is any diseases who could set up in “La Livinière”. Only the oïdium who force to get vigilant during the plant growth phase. But this disease can be treated with sulfites in powder.
After the harvest made manually, the vinification is made traditionally. For the cuvee Prima Donna the vinification is made in a opened 500L wooden tank instead of concrete tank as the other wines. The white wine is made in the same way.
Claude and Isabel Fonquerle
Claude Fonquerle was already playing among growing vines before he knows how to walk. After 10 years working at Domaine du Père in Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, he continue to grow his professional experiences in Côte du Ventoux at Chateau Valcombe. Then when he came back to his own native region and decided to establish the estate with he wife, Isabel Fonquerle who is passionate too. There are aiming to develop a range of wines from indigenous varietals without losing the specific characteristics of wines of the Languedoc, is nevertheless oriented towards fruit, finesse, purity and complexity. Even if, for personal historical reasons, Château Neuf-du-Pape is still engraved in the subconscious, it is the fascination with Burgundy which is the driving force for the Domaine’s philosophy.
What does mean « Oustal Blanc »
In Occitan means White House, which is also in homage to Mrs Blanche the owner who allowed us to set up our production in her barn that had been closed for 40 years.
The labels: The triangle symbolize the stability, aims and determination that we search for in our wine production. There is the whirlwind of time passing, the hand of the winemaker and the arches of the 12th century Romanesque church in La Livinière village.