Côtes du Roussillon: Les Sorcières du Clos des Fées Blanc 2022
The Sorcières' white sibling is an expressive, aromatic 'Mediterranean' blend of Grenache blanc, Vermentino, Roussanne and Macabeau. The perfect match for spicy 'pulpo' or grilled sardines.
Acclaimed sommelier turned winemaker Hervé Bizeul has shown the heights that can be reached in this fascinating region and produces a range of exceptional wines from 30 hectares. Its an intriguing mix of young and old vine fruit from limestone-clay soils (Vermentino, Roussanne) with the Maccabeo coming from vines planted in 1945. The blend varies according to vintage and in 2022, consists of 40% Grenache Blanc, 30% Vermentino, 20% Roussanne and the remaining 10% Macabeau.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Roussillon, Côtes du Roussillon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Blanc, Macabeau, Roussanne, Vermentino|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, Seafood, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink within three years of vintage.|
|Vinification||Vermentino and Roussanne (prone to oxidation) are harvested in the early hours and transported in refridgerated trucks before whole-bunches are cold-fermented. The Grenache Blanc is harvested a little later and multiple passes are made to pick fruit at its optimum ripeness. and aged on lees in stainless steel for 8 months prior to bottling. Wild yeast ferments and the wine spends time on the fine lees before a light fining and spring bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
Clos des Fées (Hervé Bizeul)
In 1981, while in his early twenties, Hervé Bizeul was acclaimed the Best Young Sommelier in France. In 1998, after a spell in journalism, Hervé transferred his skills and attention to a small parcel of abandoned vines in a corner of the Roussillon that he felt had great potential.
Despite vinifying his first vintage at the back of a friend's cellar, the domaine has gone from strength to strength and two decades later is revered throughout France.
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