La Bernardine Blanc Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s oldest appellations – offering the most historic and famous wines. It was named after “the Pope’s new house” when the Papacy relocated to Avignon in the fourteenth century and summer residences were constructed. Its sedimentary soil is covered with large pudding stones that store heat and aid in the ripening of grapes. The famous Rhone mistral winds are very prominent here and help to provide great concentration in the grapes.
APPEARANCE: Deep gold, brilliant
NOSE: Hints of wine blossom and lily
PALATE: Well-balanced, fresh. Candied citrus aromas
VARIETAL: 90% Grenache Blanc, 5% Grenache Gris, Clairette and Roussane.
TERROIR: Quaternary terrace with a surface of shingles coming from the former bed of the Rhône.
VINIFICATION: The harvesting date is determined by the acidity level sought in the wine. The natural acidity of the must ensures a good stability of the wine. Exclusively hand-harvested grapes which maintains the integrity of the grape.
Aging: Maturation for 8-12 months in French oak demi- muids (600I barrels) and stainless steel tanks on fine lees. This gives the wine structure and complexity. Early bottling is carried out to ensure the freshness of the wine is preserved.
Suggested Pairings: Fish, Shellfish and chicken or dishes with acidic sauces or marinades, Mediterranean cuisine – Greek salads. Cheese: Feta, goat cheese, gouda, Majorero Mahon, Bucheron, dry Jack cheese