Brézème: Domaine Lombard Blanc 2018
An elegant, attractive Brézème Blanc that reveals aromas and flavours of nuts and orchard fruit prior to a clean, dry 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.
Domaine Lombard's rare white Brézème wine is made from an unusual blend of 50% Marsanne, 45% Rousanne and 5% Viognier, which is barrel fermented with regular battonage and bottled the following spring. It drinks well from release. Fish in a creamy sauce or a buttery chicken would be apposite food matches to this Brézème Blanc.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Brézème|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||This Brézème Blanc wine is best drunk between 2 months and 4 years from vintage, but will age gracefully for up to 5 years.|
|Vinification||One hectare of grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and, after pressing, the juice is left to settle in tanks. Fermentation takes place in old oak barrels and the wine is aged on its lees for 7 to 8 months before bottling the following spring.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
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-Maire 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, two young Rhodanienne wine-makers, Julien and Emmanuelle Montagnon, who had been plying their trade in the Roussillon, took over the nine hectare vine holdings. Two of these hectares are outside of the Brézème appellation, therefore are classified as Vin de Pays de la Drôme. On a recent visit in October 2014, we found a recently-constructed, state-of-the-art winery and the whole domaine under conversion to organic status.
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"Brézème is a little-known appellation at the Southern end of the Northern Rhône, 10km south of Valence. Here Domaine Lombard, under the new ownership of Julien Montagnon who took over the estate in 2011, reigns supreme with a portfolio of wines to make your spine tingle... All in all you must taste the Lombard wines – they are thrilling, accurate and also unique." Matthew Jukes - Moneyweek, July 2015.