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Languedoc, France

Domaine Félines Jourdan IGP Coteaux De Bessilles Sauvignon 2015

Sauvignon Blanc
Organic Status:
Lutte raisonnée
12.50% (Number on label may differ)
Claude Jourdan’s Sauvignon is another brilliantly executed varietal that profits from the warmth of the Languedoc to achieve ripeness while also using the cooling sea breezes to keep the freshness that Sauvignon requires to keep its bite. Her version has an amazing resemblance to a Loire Sauvignon with its smokey mineral lemon aromatics, while possessing a bit more body.
Tasting Notes:
It offers lovely aromas of grapefruit, lemon, peach and garden herbs. The palate has a fine energy, refreshing but gentle acidity, and rich citrus flavours with a creamy finish.
Vintage Notes:
After a 2014 marked here by drought, 2015 was the opposite. Heavy winter rain started just after the 2014 harvest and replenished soil reserves. A very hot spring was later followed by a month long heatwave. Thus water and sunshine and heat. The result, a harvest of very good quality with slightly lower degrees, and with the wines gaining in drinkability, easier, and lively, with fruity, soft aromatics.
Mostly from the Felines vineyard, on a gentle east facing slope, next to the Thau lagoon, benefiting from the sea breezes and Mediterranean climate, on a clay limestone soil. From 2009, Claude Jourdan has classified the wines as IGP Coteaux de Bessilles which she considers to be more valuable than IGP Pays d’OC. The Coteaux de Bessilles comprises hillsides of vines and garrigue in just 7 communes around Meze and is used by fewer than a handful of quality producers. In fact, the word Bessille comes from the word Bec which means silver birch, a tree which used to be grown there profusely but has been superseded by more shady and evergreen Mediterranean pines and garrigue. The vines are 20 years old. Grapes are harvested August 25.
Instead of cold settling (debourbage) for 48 hours, Claude kept the the juice and skins moving in contact at very low temperatures for 7 days in order to extract more aroma and richness before pressing gently into stainless steel tank. Then the wine was fermented very slowly during almost one month at temperatures controlled up to 18oC to achieve the balance of fruit freshness and aromatic complexity. The wine is matured 3 months on its lees in stainless steel tank. The wine is bottled fined and lightly filtered.
20,000 bottles (1,667 cases)
Product Code:
¥1,944 / bottle SRP inc. tax

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