VINTAGE 2013 Soil: In order to achieve a balanced and complex vintage, the vineyards we have selected are cultivated on clay and calcareous hillsides. This type of location provides favourable sun exposure conditions on the hillsides as well as sufficient water reserves in the limestone earth so that the vineyards can reach its desired maturity. Furthermore, these vineyards are controlled using the Royat Cordon pruning technique enabling to grow balanced grapes with a regular maturity. The rootstocks are adapted to the soils. Winemaking: During the conception of this vintage, we wanted to achieve an impression of freshness and an elegant length. The natural choice, of course was to choose the Terret for their vivacity and Vermentino for their smoothness and elegant and floral aromas. We harvested the Vermentino first as they are more precocious, and continued with the Terret, once the berries had been tasted on the vine for their aromatic ripeness. The grapes are harvested at night time so as to prevent their oxidation and thus obtain richer and fresher wines. They are pressed directly without any maceration. No sulphur is added during the fermentation, which is carried out at a low temperature. A very regular fermentation with extremely precise aromas is achieved by adding a measured quantity of oxygen during the wine-making process. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation has ended, the wines are cooled and left to mature without any sulphur on fine lees so as to reinforce their minerality which is much appreciated here at M. Chapoutier. The two wines are therefore elaborated separately. The complexity of Marius Blanc is then revealed by our wine blending know-how. The addition of a small amount of grape juice optimises the balance of different acids and counter-balances the carbonic gases, providing an elegant and teasing touch. Alcohol degree: 12.5%
M. CHAPOUTIER Marius Blanc VDP 2013
- Colour : Brilliant and pale yellow with green tints.
- Aroma : Very open, we find citrus aromas and notes of grapefruit and ripe fruit.
- Palate : An ample, rich and fruity attack. Good acidities and aromas of ripe fruit give a great persistancy.
- Food Pairings : Marius advises you to serve this wine between 10 and 12C during an aperitif or a meal among friends.