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Domaine de la Pertuisane The Guardian Grenache Gris 2013

Other White Wine from Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Winemaker Notes

The Guardian is old vine Grenache Gris sourced from our Grenche Noir vineyards. When the vineyards were planted pre 1950 there was the odd Grenche Gris vine mixed in among the Grenche Noir. At harvest we sweep through the vineyards, picking only the Grenache Gris fruit which is vinified apart.

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A terrific white that’s made from 60+-year-old Grenache Gris vines, the 2013 Cotes Catalanes The Guardian Blanc didn’t go through malo and was aged all in 4+-year-old barrels. It’s a classic Grenache Gris that has lots of minerality, stone fruits, licorice and white flower in its medium-bodied, textured and layered personality. It has both richness and freshness, and will drink nicely for 3-4 years at a minimum.
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Domaine de la Pertuisane

Domaine de la Pertuisane

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Domaine de la Pertuisane, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The Pertuisane story begins in the foothills of the Pyrennées. In 2002, winemaker Richard Case and his wife Sarah staked their future on two hectares of ancient Grenache and Carignan vines surrounding the village of Maury. Convinced of its truly exceptional terroir, they added eight more hectares in time for the 2003 harvest resulting in the first small run of high-quality, handcrafted wine. These trailblazers have been making stunning wines from these Schiste soils ever since and the value is amazing.

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 Wine

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Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of white grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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