Le Serre du Rieu - White
LOCATION : Plot located at a place called Le Serre du Rieu in Roaix on the foothills of a small hill (a Serre in Provençal) at the foot of which flows a stream: the Rieu.
SURFACE AREA : 0,5 hectares.
GEOLOGY : Piedmont sand from the erosion of Miocene safre.
METHOD OF CULTIVATION : Ecocert-certified organic and Demeter-certified biodynamic.
GRAPE VARIETIES : Clairette 90%, Bourboulenc 10%.
AGE OF VINES : Average 50 years.
HARVESTING & VINIFICATION : The grapes are hand-picked into crates and sorted manually in the vineyard before a second, table sorting in the cellar. Pressing in a pneumatic press in whole bunches. Light static overnight settling by cold. Racking to the cellar in the basement. Fermentation in stoneware jar and demi-muid without temperature control with daily stirring.
AGEING : 10 months on total lees in a stoneware jar, and in a old Stockinger oak demi-muid. Bottling without fining or filtration.
PERSONALITY : The wines that are born in this locality express themselves with elegance and finesse, the signature white flower scents of sandy-soil-growing Clairette.