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LAB0120WW
Labadens
Escartefigue
2020
Rhone
Organic Farming
Selected Yeats
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 trecking 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: Bright; soft lemon colour in the glass. Gooseberry and passionfruit on the nose; with a hint of green vegetable. The palate is bright and juicy. Ripe pear and tropical fruit provide the fruit; green bell pepper; cut grass and spice add a touch of savoury bitterness and heat. Moderate acidity; with a floral; aromatic edge. The finish is long and juicy.
Winemaking Detail: Harvest a little before full ripeness to keep the varietal flavours and lower alcohol; harvested at night for maximum freshness. Gentle pressing at low temperatures, vinfication and ageing in stainless steel. Bottled end of March.
Features Pear Gooseberry Grass Spicy Aromatic

Features Aromatic, Gooseberry, Grass, Juicy, Pear, Spicy,
Tasting note Bright, soft lemon colour in the glass. Gooseberry and passionfruit on the nose, with a hint of green vegetable. The palate is bright and juicy. Ripe pear and tropical fruit provide the fruit, green bell pepper, cut grass and spice add a touch of savoury bitterness and heat. Moderate acidity, with a floral, aromatic edge. The finish is long and juicy.
Drink with
Fennel salad, Lemon chicken, Soft cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Escartefigue
Colour White
Style Juicy & Ripe
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Viognier
Other Grapes 50% Sauvignon Blanc
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 12.5%
Production 3000
Aging Stainless steel
Soil Clay; limestone
Time to drink Now - 2023
Winemaking Detail Harvest a little before full ripeness to keep the varietal flavours and lower alcohol, harvested at night for maximum freshness. Gentle pressing at low temperatures, vinfication and ageing in stainless steel. Bottled end of March.

LAB0120WW
Labadens
Escartefigue
2020
Rhone
Organic Farming
Selected Yeats
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 trecking 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: Bright; soft lemon colour in the glass. Gooseberry and passionfruit on the nose; with a hint of green vegetable. The palate is bright and juicy. Ripe pear and tropical fruit provide the fruit; green bell pepper; cut grass and spice add a touch of savoury bitterness and heat. Moderate acidity; with a floral; aromatic edge. The finish is long and juicy.
Winemaking Detail: Harvest a little before full ripeness to keep the varietal flavours and lower alcohol; harvested at night for maximum freshness. Gentle pressing at low temperatures, vinfication and ageing in stainless steel. Bottled end of March.
Features Pear Gooseberry Grass Spicy Aromatic

Features Aromatic, Gooseberry, Grass, Juicy, Pear, Spicy,
Tasting note Bright, soft lemon colour in the glass. Gooseberry and passionfruit on the nose, with a hint of green vegetable. The palate is bright and juicy. Ripe pear and tropical fruit provide the fruit, green bell pepper, cut grass and spice add a touch of savoury bitterness and heat. Moderate acidity, with a floral, aromatic edge. The finish is long and juicy.
Drink with
Fennel salad, Lemon chicken, Soft cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Escartefigue
Style Juicy & Ripe
Vintage 2020
Main Grape Viognier
Other Grapes 50% Sauvignon Blanc
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 12.5%
Production 3000
Aging Stainless steel
Soil Clay; limestone
Time to drink Now - 2023
Winemaking Detail Harvest a little before full ripeness to keep the varietal flavours and lower alcohol, harvested at night for maximum freshness. Gentle pressing at low temperatures, vinfication and ageing in stainless steel. Bottled end of March.