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Château La Verrerie Blanc

Luberon, Southern Rhône

Château La Verrerie

Château La Verrerie is located in the Lubéron appellation...

Jean-Louis Descours fell in love with Château La Verrerie in 1981, when he was looking at retirement estates. As a result, he purchased the 20 hectare estate and along with his son Gérard, brought it back to winemaking life. A new winery was constructed and more vineyards were acquired with the sole ambition to make a great wine. Their first vintage was released in 1985. Today, the grandson of Jean-Louis runs the estate with Olivier Adnot as the winemaker. The Descours family enjoyed their first foray into wine so much that they purchased Charles Heidsieck in 2011, when it became available for sale.

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Vineyards

The domaine has 48 hectares of vineyard and about 70% of the production is red, 20% rosé and 10% white. Seven hectares are dedicated to Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache and Bourboulenc and 1.85 hectares located in IGP Vaucluse are planted with Viognier. The winery has recently completed its organic conversion and is certified organic from the 2013 vintage.

Vintage information

2013 was a challenging year, with difficult weather conditions: a wet spring and a cool beginning to summer meant that harvest was delayed. Yields were low but with careful management in the vineyard the grapes that were picked were in good, healthy condition.  

Vinification

At the winery, the grapes were gently pressed to minimise the extraction of phenolics. The wine was then fermented in a combination of stainless steel and 25 hectolitre French oak casks in order to preserve the primary fruit while also adding body to the wine. The wine also stays on its lees for approximately six months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Lovely aromas of pear and white flowers. Freshness combined with good structure, weight and roundness on the palate make this a great food wine.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 25% Roussanne
12% Grenache Blanc
30% Clairette
33% Bourboulenc
Region Luberon, Southern Rhône
Certification Organic 
Alcohol (ABV) 12%