The White
of Château de Pibarnon

Le Blanc du Château de Pibarnon 2014

Grape variety

- 45% CLAIRETTE for finesse and elegance - 30% BOURBOULENC for liveliness and freshness - 25% various local, and generally unusual, grapes for complexity, full body, diversity of bouquets.

Terroir

The vineyard overlooks the sea, covering terraces upon terraces up to 300 metres altitude, on slopes forming a vast amphitheatre. It is planted on a very old, and highly calcareous, Triassic ground. At Pibarnon, we are fortunate not only to have a few cultivable north sides that allow for a slow ripening White but also an unusual richness in the lower grounds: blue marl Santonian. This formation is a very rare feature of the lower grounds at well reputed Châteaux, such as the terroir of Château-Chalon.

Winemaking

Direct pressing and cold settling. Winemaking in vats, with a piece of wood, traditional method, slow fermentation.

Tasting

The 2014 vintage has a beautiful and clean freshness, almost mineral! The nose has light aromas of white, dried fruits, then a green freshness of lime and fennel. Fruity flavours round it all off slightly and give it an overall beautifully gourmand note. Elegance and a lot of balance! This White is best paired with scampi, Saint-Jacques scallops, lobsters. The noble white flesh fish will be perfect, in a salt crust, with white butter sauce, or simply grilled with wild fennel.

Vintage

2014 offers us a very consistent vintage. A hot year overall, but with no extreme temperatures, as both winter and spring were mild. The summer has continued in the same vein: not particularly scorching and even quite cool for the region. The lovely cool nights allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully.

Yield

6 ha area on hillsides, yields to 30 hl / ha. Hand harvested in boxes of 20 kg.

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