Vignerons du Castelas, Côtes du Rhône Les Mésanges (white) 2011
Tasting Notes : White fruits, pear, apple. Clean and fruity. Smooth and intensive. Golden yellow with light green reflections. 13% alc. Silver Medal Winner Concours de Paris, 2012.
Production Notes : Blend of Viognier 20% , Roussanne 30% and Grenache Blanc 40%. Early morning harvest. Then grapes are completely destemmed before pressing. For 36 hours must is kept at low temps, then low temp. fermentation as well. Maturation on lees for 3 – 6 months depending on the vintage.
Pair With: Aperitif wine. Best enjoyed sitting on a deck overlooking the sea or ocean, on a hot summer afternoon. Or try paired with fish, grilled fish and white meats, salad such as shrimp and avocado. Serve at 12°C.
Les Vignerons du Castelas vignerons-castelas.com
This “cave cooperative,” or wine cooperative, of the Vignerons du Castelas represents 70 grower-families who have come together to make wines whose typicity of the Southern French sun and terroir of Vallée du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône is noteworthy.
They cultivate their vineyards with respect to tradition and with respect to the land, to preserve its yields capacity for generations to come. The appellations included in the holdings of the families that make up the cooperative are: Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône villages and Côtes du Rhône villages Signargues. Located on the Right Bank of the Rhône, Avignon is 10 km. away and Pont du Gard is 16 km.; the majestic Mont Ventoux is within sight of most of the vineyards.
In the last four years, the Vignerons du Castelas have invested €2.1 million in their technical processing and production equipment. Some of the improvements are: Grape traceability; Chiller system; Air conditioned storehouse for the wines; And a production monitoring system.
The Castelas, the 11th c. Romanesque chapel perched on top of the village of Rochefort du Gard, is the landmark the name of the winery, Les Vignerons du Castelas, derives from.