Viognier IGP Côtes de Thau

Eastern Languedoc

Baron de Badassière

Baron de Badassière is from the Picpoul de Pinet region of the Languedoc,...

near the coast of the south of France. The name of the wine refers to the Badassière vineyard which lies near the small town of Pomérols. In the 18th century, the vineyard belonged to Baron Charles Emmanuel, a colourful character who was rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. The wines are made exclusively for Liberty Wines by New Zealand winemaker Graeme Paul, with consultant Matt Thomson, at the Cave de Pomérols cooperative where the Vignes de L'Eglise range is also produced.

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Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from selected vineyards around the Etang de Thau and Picpoul area. The vines are planted on sandy Pliocene soils. The grapes are both machine and hand-harvested.

Vintage Information

The winter was marked by significant rainfall, and the rain continued into the spring. Flowering and fruit set took place in good conditions. Summer experienced very high temperatures, but there was no water stress caused to the vines because of the good water reserves supplied by the rain in winter and spring. Harvest began in the middle of August and lasted until the middle of October. Weather throughout the harvest period was excellent.

Vinification

The grapes were macerated on their skins for several hours, then pressed in the pneumatic press. The must was then fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 15°C for 16 days. No oak was used and the wine was bottled early to retain freshness and delicate aromatics.

Tasting Notes

This Viognier is made in a fresh, modern style. It offers subtle aromas of almond and honey on the nose. Rounded on the palate, with guava and apricot flavours, it is balanced by a refreshing acidity on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 100% Viognier
Region Eastern Languedoc, Languedoc
Winemaker Joël Julien
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 4.07g/l
Residual Sugar 2.24g/l
Wine pH 3.47