Cuvée Orélie Sauvignon / Chardonnay
The vineyards are located in Southern Ardeche with limestone soil and under the influence of Mistral wind which continually blows through the region. The grapes are harvested at the coolest hours of the early morning.
The Sauvignon and the Chardonnay marry perfectly: the shorter fermentation of the Sauvignon allows to extract vivacity and aromatics, whereas the Chardonnay softens and adds white apple fruit.
Light and supple with floral and grassy characteristics mixed with citrus aromas and flavours reappearing on the palate.
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.