Clos du Mont Olivet Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2019
Clos du Mont-Olivet is a true insider’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape domaine. Often described as a beacon of traditionalism, the Sabon family makes Rhône wines that value freshness and elegance over bombastic prowess. Founded in the mid-16th century, the estate today is run by the dynamic and talented Thierry Sabon, and encompasses parcels of mainly 60+ year old vines in the heart of Chateauneuf. The wines are classical in style, with heady, complex aromatics, and ripe, exuberant, garrigue-laden fruit that tastes of the stones that comprise the fascinating soils of the area.
• 90% Grenache Blanc, 10% Ugni Blanc ~ 40+ year old vines
• Grown on clay and gravel soils
• Indigenous yeast
• No malo
• Aged in 87% tank, 13% older barrels
The white wines' estate vineyards are located on the “rive droite” of Rhone river, due west of Chateauneuf, near the village of Saint-Laurent des Arbres, north of Lirac. A selection from four parcels with soils that are mostly sandy, with white clay. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early morning hours, to keep them cool, then destemmed and pressed and held for 24 hours in chilled tanks to settle naturally. Fermented on indigenous yeasts, 87% in stainless steel tank, 9% in new French oak barrels and 4% in older barrels, this Fall inspired white is bottled unfined and unfiltered.