Clos Des Lumieres Ma Vie White
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vines are planted close to the Pont du Gard the famous aqueduct built by the Romans about 2000 years ago, at the edge of the Rhône Valley and the Languedoc.
- This region benefits from the largest number of sunshine hours of France, important for the photo synthesis, sugar and maturing process.
- The terroir is chalky sand-clay soil, which dates from the Miocene and Ice-age period (- 6 à -18 million years).
- Limited amounts of fertilizers are used, only to maintain a balance in the soil, and when required by the vines. This is based on soil and leaf analysis.
- The yield is kept at a low level in order to have a high quality of grape. This is done by hedging, leaf-thinning and green harvesting.
- Serve this wine at a temperature of 47-50°F.
Varietal Composition: 80% Grenache, 20% Sauvignon Blanc
Elaboration: The harvest is done during the night to limit oxidation. The grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press, which is the most suitable for this wine. The fermentation takes place at low temperature which improves the extraction & complexity.
Tasting Notes: A very pleasant drinking wine. Pleasant roundness and elegance at the start, aromas of white flowers, peach, nectarine, followed by a refreshing finish of exotic fruit.
Domaine le Clos des Lumières is a 50 hectare family farm founded in 1946 by the grandfather of the domaine’s current vigneron, Gérald Serrano. The ambitious and talented Gérald Serrano is solely responsible for the recent “coming out” of this estate – Prior to taking things over in 2003 Gérald’s father was selling all grapes on the estate to the local cooperative.
Having grown up on the property, Gérald is intimately familiar with the terroir here. The oldest vines now edge 60 years in age and this land really seems to “pack the character in.” We’ve sold massive amounts of Rhone wine over the last forty years, and these are the most well-received Cotes du Rhone values we’ve carried in our history.