AOP Côtes du Rhône Brézème: Domaine Lombard 'Les Davids' Blanc 2022
An elegant, attractive Brézème Blanc that reveals aromas and flavours of white stone fruit with a flinty citrus finish. This white Brézème wine benefits from decanting and should not be served too chilled. Ideal as an aperitif or with seafood, fish or poultry. Certified organic.
Domaine Lombard's rare white Brézème 'Côtes du Rhône' is akin to a Northern Rhône white, from 50% Marsanne and 50% Roussanne. Aged in a combination of tank (60%), amphorae (20%) and new barrels (20%), it drinks well from release. The ‘Les Davids’ cuvée is named after a 9 hectare lieu-dit, the soils of which comprise pudding stones (galets roulés) over loamy limestone. Average vines age between 10 and 30 years old.
Fish in a creamy sauce or a buttery roast chicken (poulet de Bresse) would be apposite food matches.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Brézème|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne, Roussanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink up to 5 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Grapes are manually sorted in the vineyard after hand picking to ensure perfect ripeness then fermented in small stainless steel vats to vinify each plot separately.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
In 1972, Jean-Marie Lombard took over family vineyards outside Livron-sur-Drôme and was rewarded when Brézème Côtes-du-Rhône was granted AOC status two years later. It was only in the early 1980s, with the encouragement of winemakers such as Gérard Chave, that Jean-Marie elected to strike out on his own and bottle his own wine, but the results thoroughly justified his decision.
In 2011, on the retirement of Jean-Marie and Sylvette Lombard, the Domaine was bought by Philippe Sapet. Its 23 hectares are now managed by son-in-law, Jonathan Alméras and Philippe's daughter daughter Pauline (a nurse). They are champions for sustainability, organic farming and aim to be certified biodynamic.
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