A more versatile white wine would be difficult to find. Based on the primary varieties for the incredibly rare Châteauneuf-du-Pape blanc, the Fondrèche Vaucluse Blanc is a rare find at this level.
The Domaine de Fondrèche estate is situated at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the famous mountain in the Vaucluse department of the South of France, and covers a surface area of thirty eight hectares. For over twenty years the vineyard has been tended using natural methods to create a harmony between the vines, the earth, and the surrounding environment, and to produce wines that reflect the local terroir. The yield of each varietal is reasoned, no chemical weed killers are used, and the earth is worked mechanically to strengthen the natural defenses of the vines.
Blend of 30% Grenache blanc, 30% Clairette, 30% Roussanne, 10% Rolle, vines are 35 years old on average and grow on chalky, north and westfacing soil.
After a nocturnal harvest to avoid the heat and strong light, the grapes are pressed using a hyper-reductive system and without adding sulphur. They are then left to macerate with their deposits at a very low temperature for 10 days before fermentation in stainless steel tanks and barrels. The wine is then aged on fine lees in a vat for a few months prior to bottling.
Expressive notes of white flowers, peach blossoms, grapefruit, and candied lime peel. Medium bodied and singing with fruit flavors. Finishes dry and tangy from the minerals left behind.
Blue Crab Boil
Roasted Pork Loin
Washed rind cheeses such as Époisses or Montagnard