Southern Rhône, France

Papa Provençal Vin de France (Sud) Cuvee V by James Blanc 2015

Grenache Blanc 50%, Clairette 47%, Muscat 3%
Organic Status:
Lutte raisonnée

This is our own original blend. Made by us... for you! I make it with the assistance of my "Papa Provençal", former vigneron of Domaine de Cassan, and a local winemaker consultant who works with 25 local estates in the Ventoux and Beaumes de Venise and who knows just where to source the best wines to blend to my style. Fruit, freshness and finesse are the pre-requisites; I look for the opposite of people's image of heavy, dense, sweet wines from the Rhône. The white is always light but aromatic with stone and citrus fruits and herbs. It comes from old vines in the Ventoux, farmed basically organically and made and aged traditionally in concrete tank.
Tasting Notes:
We blend this ourselves to make a wine we want to really drink, a wine that's juicy, fruity, refreshing and savoury - and not too sweet. It has the typical apricot, apple, peach, lemon and herbes de provence aromas that expresses the Southern Rhône terroir. 2015 is richer in fruit than previous years. And since it possesses lower acidity, we added 3% muscat to the usual blend to give it a lift!
Vintage Notes:
After two challenging years (that produced some stunning wines) 2015 was "back to business"! The Spring was mild and weather steady, allowing for an even flowering. Summer was typically hot and dry and the challenge therefore was to keep freshness in the wines. The resulting wines are sunny! Rich fruit, with low acidity and relatively high alcohol degrees that really don't matter if all else is in balance.

From vineyards in the Ventoux in the Caromb-Mazan-Apt sector, on stony, limestone-clay soils, at around 200m altitude, facing south and south-east. The vines are 30 to 40 years old. Grapes are harvested by hand into small cases at end September.
Whole bunches were pressed very gently direct into stainless tank where the juice cold settled and clarified before fermentation at a relatively low 14C to get a nice balance of aroma and fruit without being too fruity. The wine is matured 6 months in stainless steel tank. The wine is bottled very lightly filtered.
6,000 bottles (500 cases)

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¥1,728 / bottle SRP inc. tax