A youthful, ample, full-bodied white from Roussane and Chardonnay, balanced by Sauvignon’s acidity.
|Varietal(s)||40% Roussanne, 30% Chardonnay, 30% Sauvignon|
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This cuvée is characterised by its unusual construction, based on three grape varieties that are not usually found together! Roussanne combined with Chardonnay for the rich fleshiness and sappy character. The Sauvignon balances the assembly with its freshness. Young nose with predominant toasted oak backed by white fruits. Ample, full-bodied palate. Fat stuffing with huge oak presence. Wonderful sourness on the finish. A youthful, full body Pays d’Oc wine.
Grilled fish and shellfish.
Organic farming. Short pruning (Gobelet pruning). Disbudding. Hand harvest during night.
Short cold skin maceration in stainless steel vats. Fermentation in new oak barrels. Ageing 3 months in new oak barrels for Chardonnay and Roussane. Sauvignon is aged in vats. Bottling without filtering.
Domaine Aigues Belles was created in 1870. Just before 2000, Gilles Palatan decided, with the help of his 2 nephews Patrice and Thierry Lombard, to vinify his grapes instead of selling them to the local coop. This family-run domain opted for the cooperative in the years following the war. Vintage after vintage, Gilles has been ceaselessly improving the quality of his wines. Although part of his vines are classed as AOC, this talented wine producer has deliberately chosen the Pays d’Oc IGP denomination to benefit from greater freedom and produce the wines he loves. His wines all have a strong aromatic personality, freshness and great balance.
Aigues-Belles is located in Languedoc, 40km north of Montpellier. The vineyard soils are arid and stony with limestone and calcareous clay, perfect for growing highquality grapes. The weather is perfect for wine too: warm in daytime, cold during the night.
Winemaking is done with a minimalist approach, and all wines are aged in oak barrels, with usually 1/3 of new barrels. As a result, they produce a range of extremely precise and pure wines, delicious to enjoy now yet can age for a few years.