2017 Domaine du Deffends 'Champ du Sesterce,' Coteaux Varois en Provence, France (750ml)

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Champ of Sesterce references the discovery in the vineyard of ancient Roman gambling coins (Sesterce) in the field (Champ). The southeast facing soils have thick chunks of limestone and iron-rich clay, deposited by the erosion of the hills of Saint-Baume and Le Mont Aurélien. The wine is 80% Vermentino and 20% Viognier, from vines averaging an age of 40 years. After fermentation (steel for Vermentino and neutral barrel for Viognier), the wine is blended and rested in steel; clarification by “cold decantation,” where-in the juice settles at cool temperatures and is transferred from the fine lees before bottling. These two grapes shield each other’s weakness and elevate each other’s greatness. The Viognier is the tether, it brings you in with its high-volume, springtime aroma, then the Rolle carries you with salty minerals, tension, and lemon pith acidity. Ecocert certified organic.

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