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Domaine du Pas de L'Escalette,Les Clapas blanc

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Region: Languedoc
Vintage: 2016
Grape Varieties:
Grenache Blanc 40% Carignan Blanc 40% Grenache Gris 10% Terret Bourret 10% Colour: White Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Organic
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

€39.50

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
A peacock’s tail of citrus fruit aromas along with white flowers. The palate is delicate showing beautiful minerality, complexity and salinity. This blend which includes Terret Bourret - a forgotten a cépage - makes Les Clapas a wine that is alive and texturally refined. A grand vin.

The Domaine
Situated between Millau and Montpellier in the Hérault, le Pas de l’Escalette is the old pilgrimage mountain pass linking the Larzac plateau and the Mediterranean.
Julien et Delphine Zernott arrived from their native Loire in 2003 and acquired a vineyard nestled at 350 metres (1200 feet) at the base of the Plateau du Larzac. Julien had previously worked as a consultant winemaker in the Loire principally at Domaine Pellé in Menetou Salon. Their twenty hectare estate is spread over some forty terraces on each side of the valleys of Pégairolles de l’Escalette and Lauroux. The head-pruned bush vines are over 50 years old and are joined by newer plantings – all massal selections from the Causse limestone- rich terraces.

The vineyards are enclosed by ancient rock walls and large stone piles - known locally as «clapas». High above and to the north, the Larzac plateau’s steep anks provide protection from the elements and natural irrigation from its springs. In this way, the land’s biodiversity and the Zernotts respectful ploughing of soils produce grapes in total harmony with their environment. The farming is organic, leaning towards biodynamic, and the fruit is hand-harvested and sorted.

The altitude, the deep, well-drained clay-limestone soils, and the cool climate of this valley – together these conditions combine to produce wines of freshness and vibrancy that are specific to this terroir.

The Zernotts work exclusively with southern French grape varieties: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault for the reds. While for white wines they use Carignan Blanc and Terret Bourret which are blended with both Grenache Blanc and Gris.

Step by step, Julien and Delphine have developed a unique style of wines gaining precision every vintage.

The altitude, the deep, well-drained clay-limestone soils, and the cool climate of this valley – together these conditions combine to produce wines of freshness and vibrancy that are specific to this terroir.

The Zernotts work exclusively with southern French grape varieties: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Cinsault for the reds. While for white wines they use Carignan Blanc and Terret Bourret which are blended with both Grenache Blanc and Gris.


Press
Les Clapas 2015: Full-blown, wild, somehow curranty nose and great tension on the palate. More obviously Languedocien than the Mas de Daumas Gassac Blanc if perhaps slightly less refined. Really exciting and admirably appetising and muscular. Long and distinctive. Really developed overnight. Admirable. Jancis Robinson, Summer 2017

"Julien and Delphine Zernott arrived from the Loire in 2003 and have painstakingly renovated the cool, isolated terraced vineyards above Poujols that constitute their Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette, north of the Terrasses du Larzac, a rocky, windswept subregion of the Languedoc. They wisely ignored advice to pull out such indigenous grapes as Carignan Blanc and Terret Bourret and now find their nervy dry white blend particularly sought after by sommeliers.” Jancis Robinson, Financial Times September 2017

Food Pairing
White fish like John Dory, cod, turbot. White meat.