Brotte Côtes du Rhône Villages "Bord Elegance" white 2017
VARIETIES : Majority of white Grenache
YIELD : 40 hl/ha
NUMBER OF BOTTLES : 12 000 bottles
HISTORY AND VINEYARD:
Having long time expertise in the appellation Côtes du Rhône Village Laudun on Chateau de Bord estate, the Brotte House knows very well the “terroirs” of the area. Thus, the House can select the vineyards best exposed, with sandy clay soils (often covered by gravels or stones) which drain water well and provide freshness. With the addition of a Mediterranean climate and the strong influence of the local Mistral wind, the grapes benefit from heat and do not suffer from humidity. Expert vinification and ageing of the Grenache enable us to make wines that are elegant, round and flavoured. The combination of elegance and freshness give Laudun wines an harmonious balance that is unique to the area.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING :
The grapes are harvested by hand at maturity early in the morning. . After a strict cold settling (10-12°C), Grenache is vinified with the aim to extract most of their freshness (very low fermentation temperatures, numerous rackings …). The cuvée is aged on fine lees to bring smoothness and elegance, which are in perfect harmony with the aromatic freshness. Bottling takes place in February of the year following the harvest and the wine is available after settling one month in bottle.
TASTING NOTES :
« Freshness and Elegance »
Colour – Luminous golden yellow
Nose – Very complex, with a viognier signature. Apricot first dominates and evolves towards green apple and sweet almond. Ripe mango and floral rose hints give it an elegant and exotic character.
Palate – Initial freshness is followed by harmonious smoothness and elegance. Very long, the wine has remarkable fat and aromatic complexity, with long lasting citrus and white peach aromas.
FOOD AND WINE MATCHING :
Serve at 9/10 °C.
Enjoy as an aperitive, or with fish brochettes, seafood and lime, oven grilled lobster with salted butter, grilled or creamy poultry with cèpes, fresh goat cheese and mixed salad leaves, mango soup with its red fruit coulis.
VINTAGE : 2017, a good year with low yields. With beautiful rich sugar and deep colours, the red wines are powerful, round and balanced. Whites and rosés are fat, full-bodied and have kept good freshness. 2016 : An exceptional year. The reds are aromatic, powerful, round, fine and balanced, while the whites display freshness, unctuosity, full body and great length.
Vint. 2017 : WINE SPECTATOR 90 – WINE ENTHUSIAST 89 Best Buy - JEB DUNNUCK 89
Vint. 2016 : DECANTER 90 – WINE ENTHUSIAST 89 – WINE SPECTATOR 89 – GAULT & MLLAU 15.5/20
Vint.2015 : PARKER 89