Brézème Côtes du Rhône Blanc

Brézème

Domaine de Bréseyme

New to our list this year is Domaine de Bréseyme, which Nicolas Jaboulet...

of Maison and Domaines Les Alexandrins acquired in 2018. Located in the region of Brézème, from which the domaine takes its name, this up and coming area sits at the southernmost edge of the northern Rhône Valley. Founded in 1999 by the Gresse family, the domaine currently cultivates four hectares, with a further 12 hectares still to be planted. Nicolas is very enthusiastic about this new project and believes “this forgotten terroir in the north of the Rhône Valley deserves as much attention as its illustrious neighbours”.

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Vineyards

Classified as Côtes du Rhône since 1937, Brézème has recently been taking steps to obtain ‘Cru’ status. Domaine de Bréseyme have four hectares split between 'Brézème Est' and 'Brézème Ouest' lieux-dits. The Côtes du Rhône Blanc is made from Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne which are planted on steep south-facing slopes and limestone, clay and pebble soil.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage began with a mild winter, followed by lower temperatures in May with some heavy rain during the flowering period, which led to a reduction in yields. By mid-June, the weather improved, becoming warm and dry, ideal growing conditions for the grapes. The wines are oppoulent and concentrated, well-balanced with refreshing acidity.

Vinification

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. The wine aged for 12 months, 50% in tank and 50% in oak barrels, giving the resulting wine a rich texture,

Tasting Notes

The Brézème Côtes du Rhône Blanc has opulent aromas of ripe stone-fruit and ginger on the nose, with a lovely texture and lifted acidity on the palate.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 70% Viognier
30% Marsanne
Region Brézème, Northern Rhône
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.74