Same River Twice Vin de France Blanc 2022 comes from the same terroir as our Rouge, Rosé and Orange wines.
It’s the beautiful, historic wine region of the southern slopes of the Mont Ventoux, near Gigondas and Vacqueyras. It’s a landscape of hills and mountain, wild Provençal herbs that perfume the air, pine woods, lavender, olive trees, vines, and beautiful light. The dry, sunny Mediterranean climate is perfect for growing grapes. The Ventoux is Provence’s highest mountain and named after the word for wind “vent”. So we get some altitude here; the vines from which our wines are made lie at around 150 to 220m, with plenty of natural ventilation. The combination gives the wines an unusual natural freshness and great counter-balance to the rich fruit.
The white 2022 is our fresh take on the region’s historical blend of Grenache Blanc and Clairette; we’ve added some Rolle this year. Grenache Blanc is fleshy and fruity with stone fruit notes, Clairette is more ethereal with lemon, beeswax, floral, lavender and rosemary notes, with good natural acidity. Rolle adds a touch of spice, a touch of vegetal tension which really lifts the wine. It’s dry, light to medium-bodied, with medium alcohol at 12,5%, low for our region. It’s a clean, easy-drinking, feel-good wine with a blast of fresh, salty, mineral yellow and citrus fruit, representing the grapes and the place.
The vines are between 20 and 30 years old and are grown on poor, stony, clay-limestone soils. Organic after flowering, the vineyard is farmed for sustainability with minimal treatments and use of tractor. This winter 22/23 saw sheep introduced into the vineyard as a natural solution to keeping the vineyard clean and adding organic matter.
The wine is made with a light touch, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tank by native yeast. There are no additives, and no manipulations other than a light and prudent dose of sulfur.
It was bottled on April 19 2023, with a Diam Origine 5 cork, and without a capsule, both choices being for sustainability, to reduce the carbon footprint, and for the condition of the wine.
SO2 Total 60 mg/L