North of Béziers, in the Languedoc, the countryside becomes wild and beautiful in the area around Saint-Chinian. The 60 hectare property of Clos Bagatelle is located on the outskirts of the town and wine has been produced here for nearly 400 years.The domaine had been passed from mother to daughter for five generations when Marie-Françoise, the mother of the current owners, took over the property and set about renovating the vineyard. New vines were planted, two new cellars were installed alongside the 18th century original and she was the first to extend the limits of the estate by purchasing land in the tiny neighbouring Muscat appellation of Saint-Jean-de-Minervois. During a period when few people believed that Languedoc wines could improve with time, she set about crafting ageworthy wines to lay down.Since 1995, the next generation, Christine Deleuze and her brother Luc Simon, have continued the family tradition; adding the Donnadieu and Assignan vineyards to the family holdings and producing wines of great character. Everything is hand-picked and sorted and there is minimal intervention in the vineyard. Christine, dynamic and clearly passionate about her wines, is working hard to increase the sustainability of winemaking at Clos Bagatelle.
Clos Bagatelle Saint Chinian Blanc 2019
Restrained nose of almonds and leafy herbaceous aromas. Lovely mouthfeel, elegant and linear with proper structure and weight. Fine and complete with a delicate quinine finish.
This wine is made from a blend of Roussane (60 %), Carignan Blanc (20 %), Grenache Blanc (15 %), Vermentino (5 %). Carignan Blanc of more than 60 years is on limestone soil. Grenache Blanc of nearly 50 years on schist soil. Roussanne and Vermentino of 15 years are on sandstone soil at altitude. The Roussanne is grown on a plot bought in 2003 situated on a high plateau with a very particular terroir of grès rouge (red sandstone) and chalk. The wines produced here have finesse and vivacity. The grapes were moderately pressed in whole bunches without destemming. Fermentation at low temperature (16°C) for 8 days then a part of this wine is aged in new oak barrels for 2 months with daily stirring of the lees. The malolactic fermentation took place in casks. The last stage of aging was in enameled steel vats.
North of Béziers in the Languedoc, the countryside becomes wild and beautiful in the area around Saint Chinian. The 60-hectare property of Clos Bagatelle is located on the outskirts of the town and has been producing wine here for nearly 400 years. In 1963, the parents of the current owners bought the property and set about renovating the vineyard. They planted new vines, installed new equipment and now the next generation, Christine Deleuze and her brother Luc Simon, continue the family tradition; producing wines of great character. Everything is hand-picked and sorted and there is minimal intervention in the vineyard. Christine, dynamic and clearly passionate about her wines, is slowly working towards biodynamic status.
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- Reference #:
- 13.5 ABV
- Bottles per Case
- 6 bottles
- Grenache Blanc, Roussanne