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Domaine de Vedilhan Sauvignon Blanc Pays d'Oc
Domaine de Vedilhan Sauvignon Blanc Pays d'Oc

Country of Origin: France

Region: Languedoc

Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%

Food Matches: Unquestionably, the near mineral texture in the finish craves to be an aperitif before oysters, lobsters and all 'fruits de mer'.

Special Features: Vegetarian, Award Winner

2009 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Bronze


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Tasting Notes: Tropical fruit, citrus, slightly honeyed, with hints of flint on the nose. The palate has lots of peach, guava, other stone fruit and fruit pastilles with good palate weight.

Producer Details: The Oc, or ‘Pays d’Oc’ as you’ll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as ‘Le Midi’. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhône delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine rosé) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the ‘cépages améliorateurs’ (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites.
Eric Monnin, Boutinot’s winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these ‘brut de cuve’ wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles they seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.

In The Vineyard: Domaine de Vedilhan (pronounced 'Domaine de Vedee- ohn') is the estate of the Fayet family based in the village of Moussan close to Narbonne. The property is quite unique in that there is a natural brook running around the outskirts which provides natural irrigation to give much needed water. This gives the wines their freshness and appeal; keeping the vines cool in a very hot climate. 50% of the production from this Domaine is used for Boutinot wines. Since 1999 their winemakers have been working closely with the Fayet’s on all aspects of the production, from when to harvest to the exact blend or style of wines. Vines are managed using the 'lute raisonnée' method. Terroir is a combination of limestone, sand and sea shale.

In The Winery: The terroir is a combination of limestone, sand and sea shale, meaning the vines are trained to ‘dig deep’ for their nutrients and thus produce excellent quality grapes. The plots on the slopes are more gravelly or “cailloutis” and reserved for the reds. They also sometimes find little pieces of shells in the soil which have come from the sea. The 40 year old vines are managed using very traditional methods, whereby growers actively try not to use any chemicals or unnatural processes in their farming – respecting nature as much as they can.

 
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