2011 DOMAINE DU BAGNOL CASSIS BLANC
"There's a rich, smoky essence to the ripe tropical fruit and crunchy apple flavors. Dried apricot and jellied citrus accents linger with notes of white chocolate on the powerful finish. Suave and well-rounded. Drink now through 2017." Kim Markus Wine Spectator 90 points (2009 vintage)
|Wine maker notes
|Marsanne (51%) is the dominant grape variety complemented by Clairette Blanc (31%) and some Ugni Blanc (18%). The vineyards to produce the white wine at Bagnol cover a bit less than 9 hectares and are planted on a gentle slope of clay and limestone soil with a north – northwest exposure. After a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and pressed; the fermentation continues for three weeks in cement cuves at a temperature controlled 18 degrees Celsius; the wine is vinified completely dry. The malo-lactic fermentation is blocked to preserve the freshness of the wine and the wine is normally bottled at some point between May and July of the following year.