Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2015
“La Chevalière,” or “the knight’s lady,” is a reference to “Mas La Chevalière,” literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France that was created by Michel Laroche. Surrounded by a wall, just like the “clos” enclosures in Burgundy, Mas La Chevalière is a place of history and character where the “jardins à la française” off er a Mediterranean accent.
Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from Béziers near the Mediterranean and from the foothills of the Cévennes. The Cévennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters, steep slopes covered in forests and jagged rock cliffs and ledges. More than a mountain chain, the Cévennes are in fact a multitude of many-sided open spaces which form the southern part of the Central Massif as it veers towards the Languedoc. In these areas of the Languedoc, the influence of the maritime climate provides cooler, fresher conditions. Vineyard orientation is west to northwest, and the soil is varied, with clay and limestone predominant.
- Cultivation: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); primarily cordon pruning, with high trellising and fruit thinning in the vineyards
- Size: Purchased grapes, vineyard size varies based on source and location
- Vine Age: 10-plus years
- Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
This year, the grape varieties benefited from a warm, dry spring and summer. August was particularly nice and yielded a slow, regular ripening. The cool evenings enhanced the aromatic potential of the grapes. The result of all being a perfectly balanced vintage with fruitiness and minerality.
- Malolactic: None
- Alcohol: 12.5%