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Chateau La Bastide Corbieres White 2011

Other White Blends from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Intense white flowers and mineral tones on the nose. This white will equally enchant you with clean crisp citrus flavors and subtle notes of vanilla and lime on the finish. Tropical fruit flavors are balanced by a lovely steely acidity. A refreshing palate, ideal with fish, poultry, mixed salads or an array of white meats. 50% Roussanne, 25% Vermentino, 25% Bourboulenc.

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    Chateau La Bastide

    Chateau La Bastide

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    Chateau La Bastide, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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    Chateau La Bastide is nestled in a green setting surrounded by maritime essences , this impressive chateau which had already been mentioned in the topographical layouts of 1770 and refurbished several times, offers unique character.

    The owners, Anne-Marie and Guilhem Durand, bought the property in 1989. They have attached importance to the development of quality wines and the improvement of the vineyards by uprooting ordinary ones and replacing them with prestigious varieties.

    Languedoc-Roussillon

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    An extensive appellation producing a diverse selection of good-quality and value-priced wines, Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the world’s largest wine-producing region, spanning the Mediterranean coast from the Spanish border to Rhône. Languedoc forms the eastern half of the larger appellation, while Roussillon is in the west; the two actually have quite distinct personalities but are typically grouped together. Languedoc’s terrain is generally flat coastal plains, with a warm Mediterranean climate and a frequent risk of drought. Roussillon, on the other hand, is defined by the rugged Pyrenees mountains and near-constant sunshine.

    Virtually every style of wine is made in this expansive region. Dry wines are often blends, and varietal choice is strongly influenced by the neighboring Rhône Valley. For reds and rosés, the primary grapes include Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault, and Mourvèdre. White varieties include Grenache Blanc, Muscat, Ugni Blanc, Vermentino, Maccabéo, Clairette, Piquepoul and Bourbelenc.

    International varieties are also planted in large numbers here, in particular Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. In Roussillon, excellent sweet wines are made from Muscat and Grenache in Rivesaltes, Banyuls and Maury. The key region for sparkling wines here is Limoux, where Blanquette de Limoux is believed to have been the first sparkling wine made in France, even before Champagne. Crémant de Limoux is produced in a more modern style.

    Other White Blends

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

    VCC6511_2011 Item# 116475