Since the 2009 harvest, the Vignes de L'Eglise wines have been made exclusively...
for Liberty Wines by Matt Thomson and his colleague Graeme Paul at the excellent Cave de Pomérols co-operative, which has 1,650 hectares and 450 growers in the Picpoul de Pinet region. Influenced by breezes off the Mediterranean coast, the area around Pomérols is cooler than much of the Languedoc, giving the wines a purity and elegance that are hard to find at entry-level. Graeme chooses each parcel of grapes individually, based on flavour and ripeness and follows each of the ferments carefully, ensuring the flavours he identifies in the grapes are captured in the finished wines.
The Vermentino grapes come from selected vineyards in the Picpoul de Pinet region. Vermentino is valued for its ability to produce aromatic, flavoursome, fresh whites of excellent quality in the sunny climate of the south of France. Soils are clay and limestone, encouraging good concentration and structure in the wine. The vines are low-trained with good canopy management to increase ripeness.
The 2017 growing season started with a cold and rainy winter. In spring, two successive cold waves caused frost to form which, as the vineyard was in full growth, destroyed the vegetative shoots. May and June were exceptionally warm and dry, and led to a rapid growth of vegetation. There were episodes of high temperatures in the summer but due to the good reserves created by the heavy rains in winter and spring, the vines were not water stressed. Harvest took place on 17th August through to 16th September, historically the earliest harvest and with the lowest yields. The 2017 vintage looks very promising in terms of quality.
The fruit was pressed as soon as possible on arrival at the winery in order to retain the fresh, primary fruit flavours. The wine was made from the juice of the first pressing and was kept cool in stainless steel tanks as it was allowed to settle for 48 hours at 4-5°C. Fermentation temperatures were also quite low at 15°C in order to preserve the primary fruit. The wine was racked off its lees soon after fermentation was complete. After the final blend, the wine was lightly fined and then bottled.
Clean and bright, this aromatic wine is full of vibrant fresh fruit. Aromas of peach, mango, pineapple and pear intermingle and follow through onto the palate which is balanced and long.
|Grape varieties||100% Vermentino|
|Region||Eastern Languedoc, Languedoc|