Le Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian BlancAOP Coteaux du Languedoc
60% Roussane, 15% Clairette, 15% Picpoul, 10% Grenache blanc.
Stony, chalky soils with 32% active limestone.
AVERAGE VINE AGE
Hand picking at optimum maturity in 15/20 kg baskets in the cool of the morning. Immediate transportation to the winery.
Grape varieties vinified separately. Whole bunch pressed in a pneumatic press then left to settle by gravity in stainless steel tank for 24 hours before racking. Fermented in lightly toasted French oak barrels from the Vosges mountains with 25% new wood.
Aged for 12 months in barrel on fermentation lees with regular stirring.
GUIDE AND REWARD
Guide Bettane & Desseauve 2015 : 17/20.
Intense nose of white fruits, honeysuckle, preserved lemon and fennel. Strong mineral presence.
Full bodied, rich and complex, supported by a backbone of refreshing acidity. Tightly structured finishing long with aniseed notes.
Food and Wine Matching : Flavorsome seafood dishes such as lobster thermidor, turbot in white butter sauce, hot oysters with sorrel and champagne sabayon”¦ Poultry and white meats with cream and mushroom based sauces.
Should be drink between 2 and 6 years – Ageing 10 years.