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LAB0521WW
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Honorine
2020
Rhone
Certified Organic
Certified Biodynamic
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur

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Ventoux AOC is an exciting area in the south-eastern region of the Rhone, where wines are produced in 51 communes along the lower slopes of the Ventoux Mountain, as part of the Vaucluse Mountains. Typically, Ventoux has been seen as somewhere to get fantastic value Rhone blends, predominantly using Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Ventoux wines are distinctive not because of the soil, as with so many French wines, but because of the climate. The days are some of the hottest in the region, and yet the nights are some of the coldest, resulting in grapes being picked much later than its more famous counterpart, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Harvest is more often than not well into October, so the grapes are cooler and have a much longer time to develop flavours.

Thomas and Fanny met in Toulouse, where they were both studying agronomy and oenology. This was the start of a strong friendship and aside from wine, a shared passion for trekking and surfing. The idea of making wines together started in 2010. Fanny was visiting Rhone Valley with her family in the summer and Thomas had planned visits to winegrowers in Ventoux and Vacqueyras that he was already following for consultancy. They fell in love with the area and Labadens was born. They have always believed in the potential for Ventoux and Vacqueyras. They have all the ingredients to produce very serious wines – clay-limestone soils, a continental climate and outstanding fruit. Through Tom’s love of Clairette, they have since added whites to the list. Thomas has always supported this variety even if it requires far more work in the cellar and is a very late ripening fruit. Quite naturally, the wine has been named after Thomas! The goal since day one has remained the same - producing balanced, high quality wines, using no chemicals in both the vineyard and the winery.

Tasting note: It has a certain waxy mouthfeel to it, which is expected. The fruit is soft and subtle to begin with, just a hint of pear and marzipan, but it soon opens up. A lovely texture with an almost almond and zippy quince acidity.
Winemaking Detail: Hand-picked grapes, destemmed followed by a soft pressing. The three grapes are vinified separately: Roussane in a 500 litre Burgundy barrel and the Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.
Features Quince Pear Marzipan Butter Vanilla

Features Butter, Intense, Marzipan, Pear, Quince, Vanilla,
Tasting note It has a certain waxy mouthfeel to it, which is expected. The fruit is soft and subtle to begin with, just a hint of pear and marzipan, but it soon opens up. A lovely texture with an almost almond and zippy quince acidity.
Drink with
Chicken, Roast pork, Roast turbot,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Colour White
Style Dry & Classic
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Rousanne
Other Grapes 40% Clairette; 10% Grenache Blanc
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 13.5%
Production 600
Aging 9 months Burgundy barrel (Rousanne); Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.
Soil Clay; Sand; Silt
Time to drink Now - 2030
Winemaking Detail Hand-picked grapes, destemmed followed by a soft pressing. The three grapes are vinified separately: Roussane in a 500 litre Burgundy barrel and the Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.

LAB0521WW
Labadens
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc, Honorine
2020
Rhone
Certified Organic
Certified Biodynamic
Wild yeasts
Low Sulphur

Ventoux AOC is an exciting area in the south-eastern region of the Rhone, where wines are produced in 51 communes along the lower slopes of the Ventoux Mountain, as part of the Vaucluse Mountains. Typically, Ventoux has been seen as somewhere to get fantastic value Rhone blends, predominantly using Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Ventoux wines are distinctive not because of the soil, as with so many French wines, but because of the climate. The days are some of the hottest in the region, and yet the nights are some of the coldest, resulting in grapes being picked much later than its more famous counterpart, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Harvest is more often than not well into October, so the grapes are cooler and have a much longer time to develop flavours.

Thomas and Fanny met in Toulouse, where they were both studying agronomy and oenology. This was the start of a strong friendship and aside from wine, a shared passion for trekking and surfing. The idea of making wines together started in 2010. Fanny was visiting Rhone Valley with her family in the summer and Thomas had planned visits to winegrowers in Ventoux and Vacqueyras that he was already following for consultancy. They fell in love with the area and Labadens was born. They have always believed in the potential for Ventoux and Vacqueyras. They have all the ingredients to produce very serious wines – clay-limestone soils, a continental climate and outstanding fruit. Through Tom’s love of Clairette, they have since added whites to the list. Thomas has always supported this variety even if it requires far more work in the cellar and is a very late ripening fruit. Quite naturally, the wine has been named after Thomas! The goal since day one has remained the same - producing balanced, high quality wines, using no chemicals in both the vineyard and the winery.

Tasting note: It has a certain waxy mouthfeel to it, which is expected. The fruit is soft and subtle to begin with, just a hint of pear and marzipan, but it soon opens up. A lovely texture with an almost almond and zippy quince acidity.
Winemaking Detail: Hand-picked grapes, destemmed followed by a soft pressing. The three grapes are vinified separately: Roussane in a 500 litre Burgundy barrel and the Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.
Features Quince Pear Marzipan Butter Vanilla

Features Butter, Intense, Marzipan, Pear, Quince, Vanilla,
Tasting note It has a certain waxy mouthfeel to it, which is expected. The fruit is soft and subtle to begin with, just a hint of pear and marzipan, but it soon opens up. A lovely texture with an almost almond and zippy quince acidity.
Drink with
Chicken, Roast pork, Roast turbot,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc
Style Dry & Classic
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Rousanne
Other Grapes 40% Clairette; 10% Grenache Blanc
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 13.5%
Production 600
Aging 9 months Burgundy barrel (Rousanne); Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.
Soil Clay; Sand; Silt
Time to drink Now - 2030
Winemaking Detail Hand-picked grapes, destemmed followed by a soft pressing. The three grapes are vinified separately: Roussane in a 500 litre Burgundy barrel and the Grenache Blanc and Clairette in SST.