Côtes du Vivarais: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' Blanc 2022
This rare white Côtes du Vivarais wine (9% of the AOP, compared to 55% red and 36% rosé) is a full-bodied blend of Grenache blanc and Marsanne made from low-yielding vines. Offering orchard fruit and orange blossom aromas, this soft-textured, citrussy dry white balances crisp acidity with nutmeg and papaya notes and a mineral finish.
This ‘Grand Aven’ bottling from the Côtes du Vivarais is named after the ‘Aven d’Orgnac’ – a large historic cave in which wine is matured to this day.
The small (183 hectare) AOP of Côtes du Vivarais was elevated from VDQS status in 1999. It is situated in the southern part of the Ardèche (running into the Gard), in a bucolic setting where vines grow peaceably alongside olive trees and holm oaks. This Mediterranean micro-climate is refreshed by the cold Mistral wind that blows down the Rhône valley towards the sea. Serve with a rich local canapé like feuilléte Nimois.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Rhône, Ardèche|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache Blanc, Marsanne|
|Food & Wine Matching||Chicken and Turkey, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink now or up to 2+ years after vintage.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
The Vignerons Ardéchois Cave Co-opérative (also known as U.V.I.C.A - Union des Vignerons des Coteaux de l'Ardèche) has its roots in the late 1960s when the Presidents of 7 major Cave Co-opératives agreed a unified policy of modernisation, re-planting and marketing. Based in the town of Ruoms, 20 kilometres south of Aubenas this forward-thinking, modernist collective has done much to revive the fortunes of this ancient vine-area, which dates back to Roman times. Today the Vignerons Ardéchois co-operative represents some 2000 grape growers from 21 different smaller co-operatives. U.V.I.C.A is a terrific source of keenly-priced, well made single variety wines and accessible, fruit-driven blends.
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