Classiques Sauvignon Blanc
A fresh and feisty Sauvignon Blanc – more New World than Loire.
It hails from vineyards situated on the southeast side of the southern part of Ardèche, the vines planted on drought resistant gentle slopes composed of ancient alluvial soils. The climate is typically Mediterranean.
The grapes are harvested just before attaining full maturity and very early in the morning in order to conserve aromas and freshness as much as possible. The wine is made according to traditional techniques at a low temperature (15°C), and fully protected from oxygen.
Pale golden colour; a light nose evokes citrus aromas: grapefruit, lemon as well as grassy and fennel notes. The attack on the palate is surprising, lively and fresh; the finish mouth-wateringly crisp.
Excellent as an aperitif, it goes marvellously well with fish and seafood, and is a classic partner to goat’s cheese, including when it’s used in cooking.
About the Producer
Vignerons Ardechois – UVICA – is a co-operative situated near Ruoms on the right bank of the Rhone, west of Montelimar between Lyon and Avignon. Formed over 30 years ago it has bought together 23 smaller co-operatives from 23 villages. It is the largest single wine producer in the Rhone, representing 3,000 growers with 8,500 ha of vineyards. Annual production is over 500,000 hectolitres – mainly varietal IGP Ardeche (formally Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche) but also AOC wines of Cotes du Rhone, Coteaux du Tricastin and Cotes du Vivarias. EU funding and a growing awareness of modern vinification techniques have encouraged the Co-ops to invest in state of the art technology, actions from which they have clearly benefitted.