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L'Extrême Blanc 2022

L'Extrême Blanc 2022

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Extrême Blanc is one of these wines which left me speechless during the tasting session. How beautiful is Grenache Gris when you give it the leading role ?

Made from 124 years old Grenache vines and aged in old oak barrels, the wine features a deeply seducing golden hue. The tightly wound palate opens to notes of dried apricots, candied lemon, buddha's hand lime peel, oven baked red apples and gingerbread that would have been perfumed with Calvados liquor from Normandy. As if it wasn't enough, you get offered a complex and long finish that is both saline and rich. Rare and beautiful.

I recommend to decant it. Huge ageing potential.
17,5/20 Jancis Robinson.

Region: Côtes Catalanes
Grape: Grenache gris 70%, Grenache blanc 25%, Grenache noir 5%
Alcohol: 13,2%
Total SO2: 22 mg/L
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Tech facts: 

Yield: 8 hl/ha !

Vinification: Basket pressed and cold settled, before spontaneous fermentation in 2nd year 225L barrique and 5th year 500L barrels. Ageing in 3rd year barrique, 5th-year barrels and stainless steel with extended solids contact. No fining, bottled with light filtration.

Terroir: 1ha schistose marls on steep northeast facing slopes. 314-260m altitude. Mas de las Fredas, Vallée de l’Agly.

Vintage: Lower than average rain in spring was followed by a dry summer, causing some hydric stress during June. A little rain in July and August helped move the vines towards maturity. Vintage started late August and continued to late September. Some heavy rain in the middle of September along with long periods of the humid sea wind increased disease pressure. Rigorous selection on vineyard during picking to insure only clean and heathy fruit entered the winery. Slow and long ferments due to low nitrogen content in the juice has produced some complex and intriguing wines.

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