Terroir Daronton, AOC Vacqueyras, Blanc, 2018

Story

The wine
Bringing together 236 artisan winegrowers in the heart of the Dentelles de Montmirail, Rhonéa produces a wine from one of the richest winegrowing terroirs in the Rhone, called Daronton, the name of the family who first planted the vineyard three generations ago. Formed by ice volcanoes 60 million years ago, the Dentelles de Montmirail comprise a patchwork of evaporate, blue clay, and limestone that give the wines a powerful, elegant, and deep flavour profile. The layers of sediment found several kilometres down rise to the surface here to form a terroir unlike any other in the world.
Terroir
Cru Vacqueyras is a blend of wines from various parts of the appellation with different terroirs : soils with river stones on the surface, zaffer, and deep clay.
Vinification
Our vineyard management and winemaking methods, handed down through several generations, make the very most of the Vacqueyras terroir. The grapes are brought to the winery in the cool of the early-morning and undergo skin contact at 10°C to extract all the fresh fruit flavours and roundness. The wine is then aged on its lees to retain maximum freshness.
Maturing
The wine is then patiently reared on fine lees to keep all its freshness.
Varietals
Viognier : 34%
Grenache blanc : 25%
Bourboulenc : 18%
Roussanne : 16%
Clairette : 7%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 13 % vol.

Advice

Tasting notes
The intense bouquet has delicate white flower overtones and hints of dried fruit. The wine is round, elegant, and full-bodied on the palate, with plenty of character.
Food pairing
This wine makes an ideal aperitif, as well as a good accompaniment to fish in beurre blanc sauce, trout meunière, or gourmet salad.

Reviews

Bronze
89-91
"The 2018 Vacqueyras Terroir Daronton Blanc has outstanding potential. Based on 34% Viognier, 25% Grenache Blanc, the rest Bourboulenc, Roussanne, and Clairette, it reveals a light gold color as well as pretty notes of crushed lemons, limes, and white flowers. Playing in the medium-bodied end of the spectrum, with good acidity and freshness, it’s going to drink nicely immediately on release yet also evolve for 2-3 years." [+]
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