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Domaine des Enfants,Tabula Rasa

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Region: Occitanie
Refined Region: VDP Côtes Catalanes
Vintage: 2014
Grape Varieties:
Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc,Carignan Blanc, Macabeu Colour: White Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.49%
Production Style: Organic
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
A stunning white wine of old vine Grenache blanc, Grenache gris, Carignan blanc and Macabeu. After a long must oxidiation and sedimentation Tabula Rasa makes the entire alcoholic fermentation in mostly used 400 liter barrels (10% new oak). After malolactic fermentation, the wine stays about 12 months in the barrel on the lees before bottling. 6’000 bottles produced.
Pure, elegant and fresh, the 2014 Tabula Rasa has terrific notes of white peach, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with a medium-bodied, layered, silky texture. The acidity is nicely integrated here and this is just hard to resist. Drink it over the coming couple of years.

The Domaine
The Domaine des Enfants was founded 2006 by Swiss born Marcel Buhler and his Oregonian, sommelier-turned-chef de cave wife, Carrie Sumner. The domaine is rather a manufactory of wine than a normal winery, and it is about much more than just making wine. Besides being a philosophy, it’s taking a step back into the past; regress as progress. It consists of 25 ha mainly old vineyards of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Lladoner Pelut on different soils (schist, granite, gneiss and limestone) and heights situated in the greater area around the small village of Maury.
The vineyards are managed in a sustainable manner and with respect to the environment. The discontinuation of herbicides from the beginning in 2006 brought the consequence that all the vineyards with old vines (60 to over 100 years) need to be ploughed by their own horses. Since 2010 the Domaine des Enfants is being controlled regularly by Ecocert (Organic Certification).
In the cellar the couple tries to preserve the characteristics of the different terroirs and the finesse and aroma of each variety by intervening as little as possible with the natural processes. The objective is to make wines, which convince through their balance, elegance, complexity, texture and length. Already with their first vintage in 2007 they came close to fulfilling this ambition and Carrie and Marcel are optimistic that over the following five years, they will become one of the leaders in quality of the region. All wines are vinified without any flavour changing additions (enzymes, wood chips, etc) and since 2009 all wines fermented with natural yeast.

"The 2014 Tabula Rasa is a blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeu and Carignan Blanc that was brought up all in older barrels. It offers classic notes of dried pineapple, honeysuckle, crushed rocks and toast. This is followed by a medium-bodied, full, fleshy and textured white that will do well at the dinner table." -Wine Advocate 2015

Food Pairing
Marcel - Whole red snapper grilled on the fire with garlic confit, and oven roasted potatoes with green peppers and onions. Carrie - Tajine of slow roasted duck legs. Roasted with Moroccan spiced aubergine and chick peas garnished with raw red onions, oranges, mint and cilantro. Served with cumin couscous.

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