Domaine La Croix Gratiot Roussanne IGP Pays d`Oc 2017 (1x75cl)
Owned by brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome for over 30 years, Domaine La Croix Gratiot covers 27 hectares in Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc. After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves started bottling his own wine in 2005. His daughter Anaïs has now taken charge, after working for some time in New Zealand with Matt Thomson, and makes wonderfully pure wines that reflect the potential of the local varieties with which she works. The Domaine has been practicising biodynamic since 2016 and is currently in conversion. The first certified vintage will be in 2021.
The Roussanne grapes for this wine grow close to the commune of Montagnac on a chalky plateau in the Côteaux du Languedoc. The eight year old Roussanne vineyard is 1.3 hectares and faces north - south. Yields are 60 hectolitres per hectare and the vines are cordon trained.
The grapes were night harvested to keep them cool before fermentation thereby protecting their delicate aromas. The grapes were pressed immediately on arrival at the winery and then cold settled for 24 hours at 8°C. The solids were returned to the must which was fermented at 14ºC for 10 days. The wine aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks until bottling. It was unoaked and bottled early under Stelvin to maximise freshness and capture the elusive Roussanne perfumes.
A bright yellow wine with ripe stone fruit aromas, a hint of jasmine on the nose followed by a juicy lemon and pear-scented palate. A dry, medium to full-bodied Roussanne with plenty of apple and stone fruit and a lingering lemon sherbet finish.
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