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Les Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' Blanc, Côtes du Vivarais 2021

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Fragrant aromas of blossom and lemon tree are layered with refreshing and zesty citrus notes. Generous, with lovely pure fruit and a bright, lifted finish.

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The region is influenced by the warm Mediterranean climate, however the altitude of 400 metres above sea level tempers the heat, bringing cool nights which imparts natural acidity to the grapes. The Mistral winds breeze through the vineyards helping to keep the vines healthy. These conditions are favourable for sustainable viticultural practices, which respect the environment and biodiversity. Treatments are conventional, but minimal and mostly copper. The remarkable variation in terroirs enables the varieties to thrive in a particular soil type, with Syrah and Grenache flourishing in soils distinguished by the round pebbles in plots bordering the Rhône River and on the karst limestone of the Plateau des Gras, which forms the AOC Côtes du Vivarais. The AOC specifies how the vines are cultivated; the Guyot pruning method is forbidden, instead Cordon de Royat is preferred, along with foliage wires. Old Grenache vines are pruned into Gobelet bush vines. The vines are planted at a density of 4,000 vines per hectare and the grapes are hand-harvested at dawn to preserve the freshness.

The bunches of grapes were carefully sorted and fully destemmed, followed by crushing. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in cement tanks at controlled temperatures of 19°C. An initial bâtonnage took place after one week, then the wine spent five months on the lees.

 
Data sheet
Vintage 2019
Alcoholic strength 14%
Country France
Region Rhône
Subregion Côtes du Vivarais
Grapes Grenache Blanc 60%, Marsanne 30%, Roussanne 10%
Dry/Sweet value 1
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian Yes
Vegan Yes
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic No
Biodynamic No
Closure Cork
 
Les Vignerons Ardéchois

Since 1967, Vignerons Ardéchois has pioneered terroir-driven winemaking in the Ardéche region. Representing 14 wineries, the vineyard area covers 6,000 hectares over a diverse range of terroirs, from the sandstone of the Cevennes foothills to the pebbly soils of the Rhône Valley. The winegrower families work the vineyards with passion, respect for nature and for humanity, striving for the perfect balance between the hand of man and the expression of soil. The wine takes its name after the Aven d’Orgnac, a natural cave discovered in 1935, which is a masterpiece of nature, both in size and the diversity of its geological formations.

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