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L'Oustal Blanc VDT Naick 2014

France, Languedoc
Organic

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. 

Country France
Region Languedoc
Appellation VDT
Winery L’Oustal Blanc
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) 60% Cinsault, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache 
¥3,400  (incl. tax)

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. 

Country France
Region Languedoc
Appellation VDT
Winery L’Oustal Blanc
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) 60% Cinsault, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache 
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

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. 

Pairing

venison, chicken. 

Production

Terroir

Marl and schist in the Minervois, fersialitic in St Chinian. 

Viticulture

Organic farming. Working of the soils. Hand harvest into 12kg baskets. 

Vinification

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). 

Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 15%
Product Code 14R034
MLF yes
Inventory Sold Out (0)
Winery

Winery Description

Isabel Cardoso-Fonquerle was born in Guinea-Bissau, a Portuguese-speaking West African country of unspoiled beauty, where cashews, yams, cassava, sweet potatoes and tropical fruits are harvested ... but who knows nothing about the culture of the vine.

In 1998, in Paris where she had settled, Isabel met the complex world of wine during a seasonal job at Lafayette Gourmet, a Mecca for the French art of living. What should only have been a summer job became a vocation when the great sommelier Bruno Quenioux, asked her to join his team.

This is when her training begins, she will stay there for 4 years.

In 2002 with Claude Fonquerle (trained in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) Isabel created an estate located in La Livinière, 1er Cru du Languedoc, in Minervois. Isabel stared a training as an operation manager (viticulture, oenology, winemaking, trade, administration).

Today on the 8 ha of the estate, which she manages alone, Isabel farm  her native vines naturally under the biodynamic philosophy. She makes beautiful and refined wines which are the reflection of an exceptional terroir as much as the expression of a woman with a strong personality.

 

A label full of meaning:

The triangle is a symbol of stability, which is sought in the vineyard and wine making process.

Towards the top and in the middle, you will find the vortex of passing time, to the left the lunar calendar, the winegrower's hand as well as the arches of the 12th century Romanesque church at La Livinière.

Above, the goddess Minerva, where the name of the Minervois appellation comes from. Minerva is a deity of Roman mythology, the goddess among others of wisdom, strategy, intelligence, high thought, letters, arts, music and patron saint of craftsmen

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