The château possesses an ultramodern cellar whose original architectural style is reminiscent of a ship. Bourboulenc, Marsanne, Roussanne and White Grenache are the principal components of the blend, which also includes some Viognier (less than 10%).
The low yields result in maximum concentration and complexity. The grapes are harvested with great care, with hand sorting before being pressed directly. Fermentation in new oak barrels. The wine is then matured in French oak barrels (70% new oak barrels, 30% barrels of 1 wine).
A very nice white wine filed with many aromas such as crystallized lemon, exotic fruits, honey and white truffle. These aromas will be found on the palate as well. This large wine has a great length, a good concentration and a light toasty flavour on the finish.
Food and wine pairing: vegetarian curry, soya chicken wings, honey and ginger or cooked cheeses such as Comté, Beaufort, Emmental.
The La Clape hill range has a dry, harsh climate. Sunshine and wind form a generous couple with the exposed rocks either bathed in their warmth or buffeted by their force. La Clape is one of France’s sunniest spots, with up to 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. This is no accident – in the sky above, thirteen different winds cross paths. The Tramontane, Cers, Ponant, Spanish wind, Lebech and Gregaou, to name a few, take it in turns to drive away the clouds that may otherwise form a shroud over the beautiful peninsula. Occasionally, a southern storm rises and outsmarts La Clape’s windy allies. And when it does, the spectacle is as magnificent as it is rare.
Here, the soil series alternate: the land is home to a mantle of flat stones with sharp edges; red earth with oxidised iron; grey or yellow marl; and red or green sandstone for instance. La Clape offers a merry-go-round of soil types uniquely suited to the needs of each grape variety. The stones toughen up the vines and allow them to fully express their potential.