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Chateau Les Valentines Blanc 2019
Les Valentines
Region: Provence
Country:France
Awards

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Tasting Notes

An elegant, distinctive Provence white suited for the dining table. Aromas of white flowers, hazelnut and salty minerality. The palate is mid-weight, textured and subtle with notes of pink grapefruit, lychee, ginger and exotic citrus.
Varieties

50% Vermentino, 30% Ugni Blanc and 20% Clairette. Vermentino is grown mostly in Corsica and Sardegna and the Italian region of Liguria, but there are increasing plantings throughout France’s Mediterranean coast. It typically makes deeply-coloured, full and ripe wines. Ugni Blanc, known throughout Italy as Trebbiano, is France’s most planted white grape and is the grape most used in the production of Brandy. It is capable of making fresh, bright and moderately interesting wines when yields are controlled and care is taken. Claudette is planted sparingly throughout southern France, notably in the Rhône Valley and Provence. It is typically used in blends where it adds acidity and aromatics.
Region

La Loaned is a tiny sub appellation of the Côtes de Provence, the core appellation of the Provence wine region in the far southeast of France. Similar to other areas of Provence, 75% of La Loaned wine is rosé, with the remainder being entirely red. White wines produced in the area are sold under the general Côtes de Provence title. Located on the Mediterranean coast just east of Toulon, the La Loaned vineyards are spread between the communes of Hayers and La Londe-les Mares itself, as well as some specific areas of Bormes-les-Mimosas and La Car. The best sites are situated on the southeast facing slopes of the southern Massif des Mares hills. Wine has been made here for over 2600 years, making Provence the oldest wine producing region of France.
Vineyard

Sourced from vineyards with an average age of vines of 60 years old. Farmed organically and harvested by hand.
Winemaking

Cold soaked prior to fermentation to increase texture and complexity of flavours. Fermented cool in stainless steel tanks to maintain freshness and fruit character.

Wine Type: White

Variety: Clairette, Vermentino, Ugni Blanc

Classification: AOC

Orientation: n/a

Appellation: AOP Cotes de Provence

Gradient: n/a

Soil: Sand and schist

Farming Practices: Organic

Residual Sugar: n/a

Alcohol: 13

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: n/a

Other Practices: Sustainable, Certified Organic