A delightful blend of Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah and Grenache: Refreshing palate, bright acidity, caressing texture and lip-smacking persistence. It gives a lot of pleasure.
|Varietal(s)||60% Cinsault, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache|
|Inventory||In Stock (185)|
Aromas of black berries, prunes, chocolate and spice. In the mouth it’s more of the same bright berry fruit, chocolate, spice, a touch of herb and soft tannins. Soothing, refreshing palate that testifies first and foremost to the unique charm of properly ripened old vines Cinsault, and a bright acidity and berry tart edge born of Carignan. Showing fine tannin, no hard edges and an impressive finish.
Marl and schist in the Minervois, fersialitic in St Chinian.
Organic farming. Working of the soils. Hand harvest into 12kg baskets.
Grapes are kept cold for 24 hours after harvest. Total destemming. Very strict sorting of the grapes. Fermentation of all the grapes (each separately) in concrete tanks. The malolactic fermentation takes place during a long maceration that lasts between 35 and 60 days. Cinsault stays in tank while carignan and syrah and Grenache are aged for 12 months in used barrels (1 or 2 wines).
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.