Gassier Nostre Pais Blanc 2019
‘Nostre Pais,’ meaning "our country" or "our land" is an homage to the southern Rhone, home to Domaine Gouron, the makers of this soft and elegant white blend made from Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier, and Roussanne grown on mineral-rich, organically farmed soils. Aged for eight months in a combination of used French oak barrels and cement tanks, the finished wine opens with seductive aromas of lush flowers, white tree fruits, and citrus. The palate is textured, with notes of lemon zest and lovely minerality. An amazing aperitif, this wine also stands on its own as a partner for grilled chicken, fish, and even elotes.
Domaine Gouron, a family-owned estate, holds outstanding terroirs around the village of Cravant-les-Coteaux in the heart of Chinon. Brothers Laurent and Stéphane Gouron carry on the work of their father and grandfather, René, who founded the estate in 1947 with only four hectares of vines and sold direct to Paris bistros. Today, the estate consists of 28 hectares of vineyards which are evenly divided between the hillsides and the plateau. Yellow tuffeau (soft clay-limestone characteristic of the area), along with shelly debris, prevails on the slopes, while the plateau is mainly sandy clay with flint and gravel. These distinct soil types allow for the creation of different cuvées that highlight the expression of each terroir. The brothers take a lute-raisonee (sustainable) approach in the vineyards. The vines are not treated systematically, and natural green cover crops are planted between rows to help manage the vine’s vigor and preserve organic matter. Stems and leaves remain on the soil and are shredded to enhance microbial life and benefit pest predators.
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