Château L’Ermitage Blanc ‘Auzan’ 2019
France / Rhone
Andy's Tasting Notes
Refreshing and crisp with an aromatic and fragrant personality. Flavours of nectarine/peach and lime overlaid with an intriguing fennel/carraway seed character. Gentle mineral and flinty overtones.
60% Rousanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 20% Viognier
Production notes – The vineyard benefits from the exposure of Costières de Nîmes southern hillsides cascading down towards the Mediterranean, a location which provides optimal sunshine but benefits from freshening sea breezes. This cool marine wind drops summer temperatures from 35°C to 30°C favouring even ripening and water retention in the pebbly soil. This wine is produced from low-yielding 20 year old vines yielding 50hl/ha. Grapes are picked early to preserve fruit aromas. The winery is a member of Terra Vitis, a group dedicated to safeguarding the environment and using natural treatments wherever possible and is now moving to full organic certification. Grapes are destemmed before being gently pressed. The must is cooled to 6ºC to facilitate natural clarification then fermented at 16º & kept on the fine lees for 3 months to develop and accentuate the flavours.
Price per bottle £10.50
Château l’Ermitage was founded in the XIth Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d’Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate’s total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. Working hard to minimise its impact upon the environment they have been certified by Terra Vitis (winegrowers who respect nature, people and wines) for its efforts. The estate has been farming organically for quite some time and is aiming to receive official organic certification in 2020.
Food matchScallops or prawns in a cream sauce