MILLE ÉTOILES – BLANC CUVEE
AOP Saint-Chinian Blanc 2016
IIn the heart of Saint-Chinian appellation in Languedoc, ST Cels is more than a vineyard. It is a “family story”
With its 80 ha it enjoys an exceptional terroir. Nature offers us all the components necessary for a fabulous alchemy.
A diversity of soils: schistous hillsides, limestone-clay valleys around Castelbouze, and rolled pebbles along the rivers of Touloubre and Vernazobre. A priviledged Mediterranean climate, hot and dry summers, tempered by the freshness of the nights. This large thermal amplitude favours an optimum maturation The Tramontane, a dry and cold north wind naturally maintains healthy vines
“Les Confidentielles” come from our most qualitative plots. These white and red cuvees look like little glowing stars that glance for the pleasure of our eyes and palate.
Varieties: Duo blending of Grenache (50%) for its fruity and white flowers aromas and Roussanne (50%) for its delicacy and its complexity leaving sweet notes of honey and dried fruits.
Terroir : The plots of Grenache and Roussanne come from Combe-Longue valley. The Vines are planted on sunny hillside, on limestone-clay soils.
vine management: Sustainable practices we are currently under organic conversion process. Composted pomace amendment, crushed canes , ploughing, trellising to guarantee optimal sun exposure , cordon de Royat pruning with 2 buds. Meticulous and daily work in the vineyards allows us to obtain high-quality grapes healthy and ripe.
The average age of the vines is 25 years
Yield : <40 hl / ha
Harvest : The different grape varieties are vinified separately to respect the individual characteristics of each grape variety, and capture the best balance of our terroir. The grapes are harvested when they have reached an optimal maturity. Harvest at sunrise to enjoy the morning freshness to preserve the aromas.
Vinification: Total destemming of the grapes, direct an slow pressing.
Must settling and fermentation in vats under temperature control (16°C) at least 2 weeks. Part of juice are vinified separately in oak barrel.
Ageing: stirring on fine lees in vat 5-6 months. Light filtration on earth after accurate fining before bottling.
13,5 % Alc. /Vol.
Clear, star bright, pale yellow with Golden hues. The first nose is intense and complex with dominant notes of white stewed fruits (pears), white flowers (Acacias) and boxwood aromas. After aeration subtle hints of wood and vanilla appear delicately intermingled to give a complex soft nose.
The First palate is mouth filling, with tannins coating the sides of the mouth nicely. The same richness of aromas is found in mouth giving a harmonious balance. Good length due to a nice sensation of freshness intermingled with soft toasty oak and vanilla flavors. A stunning wine shining like a thousand stars.
Best served chilled (10-12°C)
Ageing potential: ready to drink now or cellared 3-5 years.
Ideal with simple but always classy dishes such as scallops with hazelnut butter, panna cotta of Norway lobster and crayfish sauce.
6 Burgundy bottles (75 cl) card box and protective tray pad
Natural cork . High density aluminium complex capsule.
Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. To consume with moderation.