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La Bastide du Claux,L'Odalisque Blanc

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Region: Provence
Refined Region: Luberon
Vintage: 2013
Grape Varieties:
Vermentino 50% Viognier 30% Clairette 20% Colour: White Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Organic
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
Sylvain Morey produces very good wines on the southern slopes of the Luberon. This white wine Odalisque mainly made with the Vermentino grape, complemented by Viognier and Clairette.This is a quintessentially Mediterranean Vermentino grape variety, retaining its acidity well even in relatively warm regions. It really demonstrates the talent of the winemaker, always in search for balance. The Vermentino shows flavours of green apple and lime, heightened by refreshing acidity, good richness and medium body. Odalisque spent some time ageing in 500l oak barrels. The wine’s crispness makes it a delicious accompaniment to fresh seafood, .

The Domaine
Bastide du Claux is a small gem of a domaine in the heart of the Luberon in Provence. Sylvain Morey was born in Chassagne-Montrachet and is the son of one of the top producers, Jean-Marc Morey. As you can imagine white wines have little or no secrets for Sylvain! He could have stayed at the family domaine but after studying oenology in Dijon, he moved to Provence in 1995 and worked at his father-in-law’s vineyard. Seven years later Sylvain who had acquired a 12 hectare vineyard produced his first wines under the Bastide du Claux label.
It was a real challenge for Sylvain Morey to produce wines from cépages he was completely unfamiliar with. He had to adapt himself to the myriad of cépages as well as to the diversity of terroirs. The result is quite outstanding!
Sylvain prefers his wines to express the ‘terroir’ (which is essential for him) more so than expressing the grape varieties. “I like to have a powerful in my glass that is the prolongation of the soil.” And he adds: “My wines are made to accompany a meal. They are complex and well balanced.”
The Bastide du Claux vineyards are located at 240 meters above sea level, which in an area like Provence is vital to preserve the acidity in the wines.
This is in the small restaurant ‘Le Fournil’ in the village of Bonnieux in the heart of the Lubéron that we came across Sylvain’s wines. They were probably the finest wines of the appellation we had ever tasted. Their impeccable balance and delicate finesse are quite extraordinary in such a warm climate.

Food Pairing
Delicious accompaniment to fish like turbot or John dory or even with meat such as veal.

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