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IGP Méditerranée: Domaine Richeaume 'Tradition' Blanc 2016

This supple white Provençal wine shows mineral and floral characters on the nose leading to a rich, deftly oaked palate of white orchard fruit and mineral undertones.
Bottle
£18.95
Bottle (Case)
£227.40
Tasting Notes
Although best known for its red wines, Domaine Richeaume also bottles this fine 'Blanc de Blancs', made from a judicious blend of Rolle and Clairette that are fermented seperately in vats and then racked into barrels prior to a rigorous assemblage.

It has a bouquet of wild flowers and a subtle, savoury, mid-weight palate that lends itself well to boldly-flavoured Mediterranean dishes.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Provence, Côtes de Provence
Grape Variety (Cépage) Clairette, Rolle, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier
Organic Organic
Vintage 2016
Cellarage It will age happily for five years but drinks well from bottling.
Vinification Organically produced, hand harvest grapes from 70+ year old vines with a yield of 30 litres per hectare. The Clairette vines are some of the oldest on the Domaine and are planted on argilo-calcaire soils - this gives the finished wine a pronounced minerality as well as an aromatic elegance. Approximately 5% of the wine is matured in 1-2 year old wooden barrels for eight months.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 13.5
Producer

Domaine Richeaume (Henning & Sylvain Hoesch)

Domaine Richeaume is widely recognised as one of the finest estates in Provence and is the creation of a German expatriate, Henning Hoesch and his Swiss French wife. Since 1972 Henning, a cello-playing, art-loving, intellectual has slowly developed his vine holdings with the estate being farmed organically from the start in order to capture the “force de la terre”. The Domaine is located on the slopes of the Massif de Cenge, which has the impressive backdrop of Mont Saint Victoire, a scene so often painted by the artist Cezanne, and consists of 200 acres of land, with 60 planted to vines. Today, Henning’s son Sylvain oversees the vinification deploying local, Rhône and Bordelais grape varieties with spectacular results. Having learnt his trade at Ridge Vineyards in California and Penfolds in Australia, Sylvain combines a hint of modern New World know-how with traditional Provençal style and techniques. The wines of Domaine Richeaume exhibit a wonderful concentration of rich fruit and an inimitable, untamed and herb-infused taste of the garrigues.

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