Rombeau Le Botaniste Petit Manseng (750ml)
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One of the most storied estates in Roussillon, Domaine de Rombeau traces its origins to 1727, when the de la Fabrègue family first arrived in Rivesaltes from Lyon. By 1850, the family had amassed vineyard holdings and became of one the region’s first to bottle wine. Tanks that date from that period can still be found on the estate. The family persevered through phyolloxera and successive World Wars, continually delving deeper into the region’s traditions while remaining open to the possibilities of the future. As sixth-generation family winemaker Philippe Raspaud said: “Tradition is alive.” Chateau Rombeau grows many varieties of grapes and produces a range of high quality and excellent value wine in the Languedoc Roussillon. They have converted many of the vineyards to organic viticulture and are committed to soon being an 100% organic producer.
The Petit Manseng vine produces grape bunches with small, thick skinned berries favoring intense aromas and flavor concentration. This particular wine is bright straw yellow in the glass, the nose yields beautiful floral notes, dried apricot, tree ripened peach and cantaloupe. Those same notes carry on onto the palate, the fruit spectrum is tropical and is complimented by fresh herbs like sage. This wine can stand up to richer seafoods like halibut and shellfish, cream based pastas and Asian dishes with an umami influence. Best enjoyed within the first few years of the vintage.
This “Botanist” range of wines are organic. The grapes grow on a alluvial deposits mixed with yellow clay. They are hand harvested and destemmed and macerate for 12 hours at low temperature before a soft pressing, settling and fermentation of free-run juice only at 18°C. The wine ages on the fine lees in stainless steel vats and is bottled in February of the year following the harvest.