Première White, Côtes-de-Provence AOP 2016

Figuière

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Figuière is a 210-acre organic wine estate located in La Londe les Maures. Alain Combard purchased the property in 1992 after discovering its cool coastal climate and unique schist soils. “The schist in La Londe seduced my father,” says Alain’s daughter Magali, “schist and the sea make our style.”

Figuière is in La Londe-les-Maures between Marseille and Nice with vineyards that lie just a few hundred meters from the Mediterranean Sea. “There’s a five-degree difference in temperature from our vineyards to those of the interior,” says Magali, “the freshness found in our wines is very singular to the La Londe region.”

Première White is organically grown and produced entirely from the Figuière estate in the Côtes-de-Provence AOP. The goal of Première White is to express such unique schist terroir found at La Londe offering a perfect mineral expression of Rolle. A blend of Rolle 75% and Sémillon 25% vinified entirely in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Figuière aims for tight wines that express the unique terroir of coastal Provence. Première White shows complex aromas and flavors of nectarine, thyme and lavender, and white flowers. The wine has a persistent freshness thanks to cooling breezes from the Mediterranean and an underpinning of salty minerality thanks to La Londe’s distinctive schist soils.

Food Pairing

Première White is ideally suited to shellfish. A chilled platter of cooked and raw seafood including oysters, prawns and langoustines are brilliant alongside the salty and citrusy character of this wine. Rolle’s herbaceous undertones will also highlight pasta or fish sauced with pesto or chicken roasted with Herbs de Provence.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Figuière
Vineyard size:
210 acres
Soil composition:
Schist
Elevation:
660 feet
Vines/acre:
1780
Yield/acre:
2.2 tons
Average Vine Age:
25-35 years
Harvest time:
August-September
First vintage of this wine:
1979
Bottles produced of this wine:
26,000
Certifying organizations:
Ecocert
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
75% Rolle (Vermentino), 25% Sémillon
Prefermentation technique:
The grapes are destemmed and cooled before pneumatic pressing at a low pressure
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks for 6 months
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
15 days
Fermentation temperature:
60 °F
Fining agent:
Kieselguhr
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
12.5 %
pH level:
3.3
Residual sugar:
0.8 g/L
Acidity:
3.4 g/L
Total SO2:
69.0 mg/L

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