Crafted with a blend of Piquepoul Terret grapes, 'l'Arete de Thau' is a lively and fresh white wine from the Côtes de Thau region. It has a pale yellow and green colour and crystal clear aromas of citrus and grapefruit. The palate is vibrant and crisp, with a light, lingering finish.
|Grape||50% Piquepoul, 50% Terret, White Blend
|Style||Dry, White, Medium Bodied, Fruit Forward, Floral, Unoaked|
|Region||Côtes de Thau, Languedoc, Southern France|
|Dietary||Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable|
About the Producer
Rich in ancestral know-how, Les Vignerons de Florensac strives to showcase the best of each variety and every cuvée, while respecting nature and the terroir. A leader in cultural practices that respect the environment, Les Vignerons de Florensac holds the HVE certification. The beautiful 670 hectare vineyard, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, is sustainably cultivated and renewable energy is used in the cellar. This refreshing and lively blend of two local grape varieties is bursting with citrus and grapefruit notes, offering a quintessential expression of the Côtes de Thau, in the Languedoc.
Vineyard and Winery
The vineyards cover 670 hectares which overlook the Mediterranean Sea and are bordered by the Étang de Thau, the largest lagoon in the Languedoc. Along with the sea, the Étang de Thau tempers the hot, dry climate and reduces the thermal differences between day and night, resulting in fresh, fine and mineral wines. The soil is characterised to the north by a vast clay-limestone plateau, and to the south by a plain consisting of mainly sandy deposits. The grapes for this wine come from the claylimestone plateau, where the clay retains the moisture to hydrate the vines during the hot summers and the limestone produces elegant wines. Terret, an ancient native grape variety of the Languedoc Roussillon, along with Piquepoul, also a native variety of the region, both produce crisp, dry white wines. The vineyards are cultivated using sustainable cultivation methods such as the use of sexual confusion for 70% of the vineyards and weeding for 20%, thus reducing the use of sprays. 90% of the vineyard is certified HVE3 and 50 hectares are organically farmed. The harvest takes place in the cool of the night to retain the freshness in the fruit.
The grapes were destemmed and cool macerated for two hours followed by gentle pressing in a pneumatic tank. The must was cooled to 4°C with static decantation prior to fermentation with selected yeasts. Fermentation took place at 13 to 15°C in stainless steel tanks to retain the pure fruit flavours and lasted for 12 to 18 days, before being racked and aged on the fine lees.
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