2017 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone Les Deux Albions Blanc

Year: 2017
Appellation: Rhone
Country: France
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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Winery Notes:
The Saint Martin named vineyard in Violès is located right on the boundary with the Gigondas appellation, across the river Ouvèze which marks the border between the two villages. This proximity is of paramount importance. Firstly, the two villages share historical bonds: Gigondas and Violès have always been part of the Principality of Orange, annexed to France during the French Revolution. The principality has had a deep-rooted influence on our agricultural practices, our culture and our mindset. Hence our strong attachment to the “Principauté d’Orange” appellation which is freighted with significance. Before the French Revolution, a royal prerogative allowed Saint Martin and Saint André to produce white wines from Muscat. I find it quite extraordinary that just a few metres away from Gigondas, now so famous for its top-flight Grenache noir wines, Saint Martin can lay a claim to recognition dating back much further, but for white wines. History always influences agricultural practice. I love this setting bordered by woodland and the river. I have often found it inspirational. I found it incomprehensible that it should be abandoned by wine growers after being a prized location for white wines for so long. When the opportunity arose to buy 14 unbroken hectares, I did not think twice. Being able to shape a new vineyard, exactly the way I imagined it, was an exhilarating challenge. We have kept the four hectares of woodland and planted ten hectares of white varietals using field selections, planting vines in stages from 2014 until now