Domaine de Bréseyme, Brézème, AOC Côtes du Rhône, Blanc, 2019
Ever since the Middle Ages vines have been planted on steep slopes facing south. The highest point is Mount Roti at 256m. The soil is composed of clay and limestone. Our vines are located on the localities known as BREZEME EST and BRESEME OUEST. The estate is currently planted with 3.5ha of red and 0.5ha of white.
After the hail damage of 2019, we had to nurse our vineyards back to health with a range of gentle but complementary nutrients. This made 2020 a technically exacting year, especially since the weather reserved many surprises for us. Spring was extraordinarily hot and dry and, despite a short break in June when some welcome rain fell, summer saw a continuation of drought conditions right up until the harvest. With a high risk of mildew at the start of the season, constant and unpredictable winds, powdery mildew half way through the season and the threat of high temperatures and scorching, we were spared nothing, and it required a major effort to cope. Fortunately, the occasional shower, fairly cool nights and morning dew meant the vines did not suffer too much from the summer heat, and all our hard work seems to have paid off with the promise of a fine vintage. To avoid the hottest moments of the day, we began picking from 6 am so as to pick the grapes while they were cool. We began with the whites on August 19 and continued with the reds through until September 16. First tastings revealed aromatic wines of great freshness, with degrees rarely exceeding 13.5°. After so many twists and turns, it is a vintage that reverts to origin in a very “Northern Rhône” style, after the mediterranean vintage of 2018 and 2019.
The harvest takes place early in the morning in order to preserve the freshness of the berries, they are then put in small boxes. The Viognier and the Roussanne are pressed together. Fermentation starts after settling for a few hours. Batonnage are regular to enrich the wine and develop its aromatic palate.
Seductive colour with shiny reflections. The nose is very aromatic with tropical fruit notes typical of Viognier and an elegant touch of toast brought by the vinification in barrels. The palate is immediately full-bodied and rich, and then reveals all its roundness, well balanced by a beautiful freshness. A very balanced wine of great elegance.
Viognier : 65 %
Marsanne : 35 %