Chateau l'Ermitage Blanc, 2014

Chateau l'Ermitage Blanc, 2014

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In the 12th century, Château l’Ermitage belonged to the Ermites of the ancient Sainte Cécile d’Estagel’s Abbaye, a stop on the Saint Jacques de Compostelle pilgrimage. The first cellar was built in 1800 near the old Ermitage. For over thirty years, Michel and Jérôme Castillon have been making wines from the 80 hectare vineyard. The vineyard of Chateau L’Ermitage benefits from the southern exposure of Costières de Nîmes and overlooks the Camargue and the Mediterranean Sea. This location provides excellent ripening conditions due to the sun and the cool wind coming from the sea. This blend of 60% Roussanne, 20% Viognier, and 20% Grenache Blanc comes from vines averaging about 20 years in age. The grapes are picked early in the morning to preserve their fruity aroma, and the harvest is destemmed before being pressed at low pressure. The must is cooled to 6°C to clarify it naturally, and the juice is vinified at low temperatures and aged on fine lees. The Grenache Blanc coats the palate with its signature roundness, and the Roussanne brings necessary acidity to create the perfect balance between freshness and length. Flavors and aromas of white petals, orange zest, and ripe fig, with citrus flesh and saline notes. Great as a before dinner drink, or paired with white meats, fish or cream sauce dishes.

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