Vintage: 2019

VintageProduct CodeFormatClosureAvailability
2019TC402A1912 x 75Natural CorkAvailable
Vegetarian
Vegan
Practising Organic
Practising Biodynamic
Producer

Tablas Creek was founded in 1987 by the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel, and the Haas family, owners of the US importer Vineyard Brands. After many years travelling across the United States together to promote the Perrin wines, Robert Haas and Jacques Perrin agreed that California’s climate was ideally suited to the Rhône’s native grape varieties and decided to establish their own winery.

In 1989, they purchased a 50-hectare parcel in west Paso Robles, where the shallow, rocky and limestone-rich soils are based on the same geologic origins as the Beaucastel vineyards. Located 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the Tablas Creek Vineyard is named after the small creek which flows through the estate. The vineyards are on average 450 metres above sea level, where hot and sunny days are tempered by cool nights, resulting in fully ripe grapes with fresh acidity. Tablas Creek took the decision to import cuttings from the Beaucastel estate and establish their own nursery, with grafting facilities, to propagate cuttings used to replant the estate vineyards. The estate is dry-famed and has been certified organic since 2003 and biodynamic since 2017. Reinforcing the estate’s commitment to sustainability, Tablas Creek became the first winery to attain Regenerative Organic Certification in 2020. Their intention is to ensure the purest vineyard and vintage expression.

Tablas Creek’s winemaking philosophy aims to produce wines of intensity and character. Juice is fermented using indigenous yeast in a combination of small and large French oak barrels, as well as stainless steel, depending on the grape variety. Following the tradition of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wines are blended in the spring after harvest. Aromatic whites are settled briefly in stainless steel tanks before bottling, while the Roussanne-based whites and the reds are aged for an additional year in 5,500-litre French oak foudres.

French slang for ‘neighbourhood’, the ‘Patelin de Tablas’ wines are accessible Rhône-style blends. The fruit is sourced from neighbouring sites they know and respect, all of which were planted with cuttings from the Tablas Creek nursery and are farmed sustainably. These different parcels experience the cool coastal breezes of the Templeton Gap and the high-elevation influence of El Palomar, as well as the warmer inland temperatures of the Estrella district. The ‘Patelin de Tablas Blanc’ is a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, Marsanne and Clairette Blanche. Aged in stainless steel, it displays aromas of citrus blossom and white stone fruit with a refreshing salinity on the finish. Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and a small proportion of Counoise and Terret Noir make up the blend for the ‘Patelin de Tablas Rouge’. It has a Syrah-driven nose with aromas of black olive and liquorice, and a juicy core of spiced blackberry.

Their varietal wines are only produced in exceptional vintages from the estate vineyards. The Roussanne is aged in a mixture of foudres, neutral oak puncheons and 10% in small new barriques. It has a distinctive textural grip, with layers of honeysuckle, citrus peel and sweet spice. The Mourvèdre is aged for one year in French oak foudres. It is vibrant and spicy with notes of bramble fruit, plum and chalky tannins.

The ‘Esprit de Tablas’ wines are the estate’s flagship blends, modelled on the Château de Beaucastel red and white. The wines are a selection of the vintage’s best lots and are produced from 100% estate-grown fruit on calcareous shale soils. The Blanc is a Roussanne-based blend with Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, Clairette and Picardan. Aged for eight months in foudres, it is a complex wine with aromas of acacia and cinnamon spice, and rich texture. Capable of ageing for a further two decades, the ‘Esprit de Tablas Rouge’ is a blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. It displays intense notes of wood smoke, black cherry and a meaty complexity.

Vineyards

The Esprit de Tablas is produced from 100% estate fruit. Located twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean and with an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level, the estate’s hot and sunny days are tempered by cool nights, resulting in fully ripe grapes with fresh acidity. Its shallow, rocky and limestone-rich soils are based on the same geologic origins as the Beaucastel vineyards.

Vintage

The 2019 vintage's ample rainfall and cool first half of summer delayed budbreak and flowering. The warm second half of harvest produced ideal ripening conditions and intense flavours. The resulting harvest was completed under great conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample fruit.

Vinification

The fruit was whole bunch pressed and fermented with native yeasts. The Roussanne was fermented in oak of various ages and sizes: from 270-litre barrels to 5,500-litre foudres. The Grenache Blanc was fermented in stainless steel, while the Picpoul Blanc, Clairette Blanche, and Picardan were fermented in stainless steel and a small proportion in neutral wood. All went through malolactic fermentation and were blended in the spring following harvest, and aged for an additional eight months in foudres before bottling. The wine remained in bottle for a further nine months before release.

Tasting Notes & Technical Details

This wine displays complex aromas of orange blossom, honeycomb, and pine nut. This is a balanced expression of Esprit Blanc that will gain additional nuttiness and complexity with time in bottle.

Alcohol (ABV)

13%

Acidity

4.8 g/l

Residual Sugar

1.7 g/l

pH

3.69

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