From old vines of local grapes of terret and carignan blanc and with grenache blanc, Clapas blanc is a complex wine with saltiness, minerality and finesse from the Terrasse du Larzac heights.
|Winery||Domaine du Pas de l'Escalette|
|Varietal(s)||50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Carignan Blanc, 20% Terret Bourret|
|Inventory||Very Low Stock (23)|
Nose of pear, citrus and herbs, it builds on the palate, with medium-bodied richness, and an elegant, seamless, yet overall fresh and lively profile that keeps you coming back to the glass.
Any noble white fish, veal, goat cheeses.
Organic farming. Hand harvest.
Fermentation in wooden vat (50hl). Ageing for 15 months on lees in smaller wooden tronconique vat (15hl). No Malo-lactic fermentation.
Le Pas de l’Escalette is the historic trail linking the Mediterranean plain to the high Larzac plateau. Sandwiched between the warming Mediterranean and the cooling northern mountains, Larzac is blessed with an ideal mesoclimate for indigenous grapes Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. That makes for a longer, tempered ripening season and grapes that retain their balance and acidity. Julien Zernott and Delphine Rousseau acquired this estate in 2003. He was well established in the Loire Valley as a consulting oenologist. Julien and Delphine farm old stone terrasses the right way. They work by hand, avoid chemicals in favour of plant-based vine treatments. They farm in limestone-rich north-facing vineyards that permit the crafting of wines with a degree of freshness to complement their Mediterranean warmth. Equal to the rugged terrain and dramatic scenery, the wines of Pas de L’Escalette are elegant, rounded and well balanced. They display wonderfully fresh and fragrant savoury aromatics.