2019 La Bancale, Fleuve Blanc, Languedo-Rousillon, France

2019 La Bancale, Fleuve Blanc, Languedo-Rousillon, France


Region: Roussillon

Appellation: Vin de France

Grapes: 50% Macabeu, 40% Carignan Blanc, 10% Grenache Gris

Average Vine Age: Macabeu (38 years), Carignan Blanc (70+ years), Grenache Gris (70+ years)

Altitude: 920 feet (280m)

Soils/Terroir: Calschistes de l’Albien (calcareous black shale)

Farming: Organic

Harvest: Hand harvested

Yield: 25hl/ha

Winemaking: All three varieties are harvested together and blended at the press. The juice undergoes one-night of cold settling in stainless-steel tanks, then is racked off the heavy lees straight into large neutral vats for fermentation. Alcoholic fermentation begins naturally using only the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. No stirring of the fine lees and the wine goes through full malolactic fermentation. After the completion of malolactic fermentation, a very low dose of sulfur is added, and the wine is racked into used French oak barrels of multiple sizes.

Maturation: Aged 6 months in used French oak barrels; half in 4-year-old 228L François Frêres barrels and the other half in 2-year-old demi-muids from Atelier Center France. 2 months prior to bottling the barrels are racked and blended into large neutral vats. The wines are bottled un-fined and unfiltered.