Since 2002 when the Fabre family took over Château d’Anglès they have succeeded in revealing the true potential of this vineyard, and now have a range of award-winning wines to show for their enthusiasm and commitment. With a lifetime in wine making, Eric Fabre’s career includes eight years as Technical Director of the world-renowned Château Lafite Rothschild. It was however, a lifelong dream to own a vineyard on the Mediterranean, so 2001 saw Eric and his wife Christine seduced by the Château d’Anglès. The beautiful ancient stone ‘mas’ farmhouse of Château d’Anglès overlooks the vines that slope gently down to the shores of the Mediterranean.
“Respect for the environment, an impressive winemaking heritage and the sheer quality of the wines are the ‘driving forces’ behind the label”
Neil Sommerfelt, Master of Wine
Pale yellow colour with golden glints. Elegant bouquet of spring flowers and fresh spices such as anise or fennel. Smooth mouth revealing a rich and long complexity of white fruits balanced by a mineral freshness.
La Clape is the only appellation based on the Bourboulenc grape. It brings freshness and structure and makes the reputation of La Clape for white wines. It is half of this blend together with Grenache for its fruit and a dash of Roussanne and Marsanne for additional complexity.
|Grape Variety||Bpurboulenc 50%, Grenache 30%, Roussane (10%), Marsanne 10%|
|Food Pairing||Try the Classique White as an apéritif with salmon cream toasts or simply dry nuts!
Excellent with grilled fish and also white meat. Perfect with goat and sheep fresh cheese.
|Service||Aerate and drink at around 14°C/55°F. If served too cold, this wine will no develop its full aroma.|
Total de-stemming, slow pressing, juice is gravity-fed into vats, each variety is vinified separately. Cleaned from bad lees twice, traditional temperature-controlled fermentation. Stirring on the fine lees in concrete vats during 4 to 5 months. Natural stabilisation and static clarification by gravity, no fining nor filtrating.
|Terroir||Hard limestone of the mountain of La Clape. Warm and dry climate tempered by the Mediterranean. Slow ripening thanks to cooler nights on the shores of the sea. Sustainable practices according to ASCERT charter for respect of the environment and complexity of the wine: composted pomace amendment, crushed unwanted shootes, plowing, biodegradable sprays, no insecticides.|
|Harvest||Two-months-long picking according to maturity of each variety, grapes are hand-selected.|
|Region||La Clape, Languedoc|
|Ageing Potential||Enjoy fresh and fruity in the first 5 years. Ageing potential of 8 to 10 years.|
First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites. This wine is from Château d'Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same. It's a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%). Bourboulenc you say? Yes, it's a Provençal variety that is late ripening and retains its acidity well. It can even be found here in Australia, although there's less than one hectare of it! It is usually not dominant in white blends in southern France, except in La Clape, which is of course where this wine is from. In the glass, the 2010 vintage from Château d'Anglès has aromas of honey, straw and rock salt. The palate is full bodied with good length and refreshing acidity. This is a balanced and enjoyable white wine that will suit seafood. Rating: Good to Very Good Sean Mitchell Grape Observer Sunday, 24 April 2016
"A blend of Bourboulenc, Grenache, Marsanne and Roussanne; white La Clape must contain a minimum of 40% Bourboulenc. Anyway, I cooked a mighty bouillabaisse tonight, and this was the wine I accompanied it with. A little snuffed candle, honeycomb and almond, white melon and citrus I guess, but not specifically fruity – or any fruity. Medium to full bodied, meeting the palate with a broad flat sword, but cuts and pares back with a little warmth and some clear lemony acidity. The stony finish is aglow with gentle warmth and a spray of fragrant dried herb. Supple texture and subtle charm. Like this.”
Rated 91 Points. Gary Walsh – Winefront.com.au, 3 January 2013