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LAB0319WW
Labadens
Thomas
2018
Rhone
Certified Organic
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 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: A soft, gently warming yellow colour. Prominent smoke and wood on the nose along with sweet, floral (cammomile) notes. Lightly creamy but still crisp on the nose. Immediately textured and slick; with spicy underripe banana; white peach; and creamy lemon. Rich and fatty without overbearing acidity; the finish is long and juicy.
Winemaking Detail: Harvested at full ripeness; Clairette being the last one. Gentle pressing; 50% fermented in used barrel and 50% in SST. Aged in old barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Bottled in July 2019
Features White Peach Lemon Cammomile Smoky Rich

Features Cammomile, Lemon, Rich, Smoky, Tectured, White Peach,
Tasting note A soft, gently warming yellow colour. Prominent smoke and wood on the nose along with sweet, floral (cammomile) notes. Lightly creamy but still crisp on the nose. Immediately textured and slick, with spicy underripe banana, white peach, and creamy lemon. Rich and fatty without overbearing acidity, the finish is long and juicy.
Drink with
Fennel salad, Grilled seafood, Soft cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Thomas
Colour White
Style Dry & Classic
Vintage 2018
Main Grape Clairette
Other Grapes Grenache Blanc; Viognier
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 14.5%
Production 1400
Aging 3 months (50% old Oak
Soil Clay; limestone
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Harvested at full ripeness, Clairette being the last one. Gentle pressing, 50% fermented in used barrel and 50% in SST. Aged in old barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Bottled in July 2019

LAB0319WW
Labadens
Thomas
2018
Rhone
Certified Organic
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 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: A soft, gently warming yellow colour. Prominent smoke and wood on the nose along with sweet, floral (cammomile) notes. Lightly creamy but still crisp on the nose. Immediately textured and slick; with spicy underripe banana; white peach; and creamy lemon. Rich and fatty without overbearing acidity; the finish is long and juicy.
Winemaking Detail: Harvested at full ripeness; Clairette being the last one. Gentle pressing; 50% fermented in used barrel and 50% in SST. Aged in old barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Bottled in July 2019
Features White Peach Lemon Cammomile Smoky Rich

Features Cammomile, Lemon, Rich, Smoky, Tectured, White Peach,
Tasting note A soft, gently warming yellow colour. Prominent smoke and wood on the nose along with sweet, floral (cammomile) notes. Lightly creamy but still crisp on the nose. Immediately textured and slick, with spicy underripe banana, white peach, and creamy lemon. Rich and fatty without overbearing acidity, the finish is long and juicy.
Drink with
Fennel salad, Grilled seafood, Soft cheeses,

Wine details

Country France
Region Rhone
Producer Labadens
Wine Name Thomas
Style Dry & Classic
Vintage 2018
Main Grape Clairette
Other Grapes Grenache Blanc; Viognier
Size 6 x 75cl
Closure Cork
A.B.V. 14.5%
Production 1400
Aging 3 months (50% old Oak
Soil Clay; limestone
Time to drink Now - 2024
Winemaking Detail Harvested at full ripeness, Clairette being the last one. Gentle pressing, 50% fermented in used barrel and 50% in SST. Aged in old barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Bottled in July 2019