Désir Blanc IGP Pays d’Hérault

Hérault

Domaine La Croix Gratiot

Owned by brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome for over 30 years, Domaine La...

Croix Gratiot covers 27 hectares in Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc. After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves started bottling his own wine in 2005. His daughter Anaïs has now taken charge, after working for some time in New Zealand with Matt Thomson, and makes wonderfully pure wines that reflect the potential of the local varieties with which she works. The Domaine has been practicising biodynamic since 2016 and is currently in conversion. The first certified vintage will be in 2021.

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Vineyards

Desir Blanc is a blend of 70% Viognier, 13% Chardonnay, 12% Roussanne and 5% Muscat à Petit Grains. The vines are planted on soils of loam and limestone, situated near the village of Montagnac which is near to the Mediterranean Sea. The proximity of the zone to the sea means cool maritime breezes moderate the climate, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and retain good levels of acidity, resulting in fresh and vibrant wines.

Vintage Information

The 2018 growing season began with a cold and rainy winter. Welcome rainfall in spring brought balanced resources for the vines during the hot summer months which followed. Harvest started early on 25th August, the grapes were harvested at night to ensure they were cool when arriving at the winery and retained freshness and aromatics.

Vinification

The varieties were all vinified separately, with fermentation taking place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks at low temperatures to preserve fruit purity. The Viognier was aged on fine lees for two months before blending. The blend varies depending on the vintage in order to maintain consistency.

Tasting Notes

Crystal clear in the glass, the 2018 Désir Blanc has aromas of stone fruit, white flowers, banana and flint on the nose. This concentration of flavour follows through on the palate and is well-balanced with bright acidity and a lingering finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2018
Grape varieties 70% Viognier
13% Chardonnay
12% Roussanne
5% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains
Region Hérault, Languedoc
Winemaker Anaïs Ricome
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.09g/l
Wine pH 3.76