2018 Chateau la Roque Blanc, Languedoc, France

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Located in Fontanès, around 20 kilometers north of Montpellier, Château La Roque wine estate is one of the gems of the famous Pic-Saint-Loup appellation. The picturesque landscape surrounding the historic Château La Roque appears largely unchanged from how it must have been two thousand years ago. Romans were said to have planted the first vines, and Benedictine Monks created the sturdy vaulted-ceiling cellars that still house the bottles today. Winegrowing resumed in the thirteenth century when the de la Roque brothers planted new vines. Château La Roque was converted to biodynamic viticulture and today it is in the capable hands of Sylviane and Bertrand who aim to celebrate the long history of wine at the estate.
This delightful white wine is a blend of 30% Marsanne, 30% Rolle (aka Vermentino), 20% Grenache Blanc, 10% Roussanne and 10% Viognier grown on east facing terraces with clay and limestone scree soils. There is a seductive nose of white flowers, ripe peaches and passion fruit. Ageing for 8 months on fine lees in neutral oak add to the palate creamy apricot and pink grapefruit while a touch of Thai basil and bright acidity add to the complexity of the wine. Drinking a glass of this wine is like drinking history itself and transports you the South of France. Enjoy with any richer seafood dishes

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