Val D'Arenc Bandol 2019 (France)
Producer Notes: . The grapes hail from bush-pruned vines from west-facing vineyards which create richer, fuller-bodied wines.
Organic farming since 2015, due to earn certification in 2017. The vineyards are worked gently with a tractor in the winter and spring, and the harvest is done entirely by hand. Over the winter, sheep graze on the flowery cover crop, lending essential nutrients and microbes to the soil. The vineyard team practices de-budding and a green harvest to reduce yields.
The grapes are rigorously sorted by hand to ensure quality, are separated by varietal, and are then pressed gently in whole clusters. The free-run juice is racked by gravity into stainless steel tanks and left to cold macerate for five hours. The must is then vinified and undergoes a four-week alcoholic fermentation at 62°F. Malolactic fermentation is avoided to preserve the minerality, tension and purity of the grapes. The different varietals are then blended and left to settle for two to three months before fining with diatomaceous earth and a light filtration.
The soils are composed of sandy marl, marly clay and sandstone bedrock with limestone topsoil. Seductive notes of citrus fruit, white peach, red berries and pink grapefruit offer up a mouthful of succulence on a satiny textured palate. Its fine creamy minerality persists through a long, ample yet refreshing finish.
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