Luteva Blanc

2015

LUTEVA BLANC

A blend of Terret and Vermentino (two Mediterranean varieties) and the Burgundian Chardonnay

Location

• The LUTEVA BLANC 2015 is grown on a vineyard outside of Saint-Thibéry of basalt and gravelly clay soils nearby where the old Roman road (the Via Domitia) passed.

• Saint-Thibéry is also on one of the old Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage route.

• The site is between the Mediterranean sea and the great wine town of Beziers – with both nearby. And vineyards are worked under Culture raisonnée practice (sustainable environmental methods).

FARMING

Viticulture & Yields


The vineyards have been farmed according to the practice in France known as culture raisonnée (sustainable environmental methods).


The yields are around 25 hl/ha.


This practice has been certified as culture raisonnée by Terra Vitis (sustainable environmental methods).

visit: terravitis.com/

INSPIRED BY WHITES OF ANIANE
COMBINING THE MEDITERRANEAN AND THE BURGUNDIAN

Inspired by the whites of Aniane village next door to us, such as those of our neighbors Daumas Gassac and Grange des Peres, both of whom have blended with their whites, the traditional Mediterranean varieties, with the Burgundian Chardonnay.

GRAPE VARIETIES


An assemblage from Terret and Vermentino (two Mediterranean varieties) as well as the Burgundian Chardonnay.


Inspired by the classic Aniane whites of our neighbors Daumas Gassac and Grange des Peres who blend the grape with its southern counterparts in theirs white wines.


These whites combine the Mediterranean and the Burgundian to great effect.

Mediterranean

Burgundian

TERRET

• “full-bodied but naturally crisp white” Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson

• Terret — is one of the Languedoc’s oldest vine varieties, and is grown primarily in southern France

• Our region of the Hérault is its home but is also found in the Côtes-du-Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

” light, fresh, dry and crisp, with subtle fruit and floral aromas” Winesearcher on Terret Blanc

 

VERMENTINO

• An Attractive, aromatic white grape variety

• France has the world’s greatest area planted with Vermentino, the Var département, and the Languedoc-Roussillon

• Has long been considered identical to the Rolle of Provence where it plays its part in whites of the Bellet appellation.

“Mediterranean white variety (also known as Rollo) producing gentle fennel-scented whites” Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course

CHARDONNAY

• Home is the Burgundian region with expressions from stony Chablis to the richness of Montrachet

• Found in the “Aniane Whites” of our neighbors Grange des Peres & Daumas Gassac who blend the grape with classic southern varieties

• The whites of the Bellet appellation (in hills above Nice) blend Chardonnay with Rolle/Vermentino


“Chardonnay has sung like a nightingale of five continents. It has often rewarded the welcome it found in foreign soils with the greatest white wines they have produced
 Andrew Jefford’s Wine Course

GROWN ON…

BASALT

Clay & Gravel

WINEMAKING & AGEING

WINEMAKING

• Harvested at night.

• Vinification at low temperature with a 3-week fermentation.

• • Fermentation in Stainless Steel Tanks.

AGEING

• The wines are aged on their lees.

• The wines are ages for 5-7 months.

• The wines are aged in 100% cuve béton

APPEARANCE


A pale yellow colour with golden highlights.

Corresponding to pale gold in the chart above

The wine’s colour will enrich over time turning from lighter golden to a richer yellow-gold

NOSE

WHITE FLOWERS

A balmy summer’s evening with jasmine, acacia, gardenia, and lily of the valley on the breeze

CITRUS

Aromas of lemons, grapefruits, and limes

APPLE FRUITS

Aromas of apple fruits – green, yellow, and red apples

GUNFLINT

The aroma of gunflint – a clean mineral steel note of flint striking steel

TASTE

PEAR

The lively taste of cool freshly-picked pears.

WET FLINT

A subtle minerally taste reminiscent of wet flint stones.

CITRUS

A lime, lemon, and grapefruit citrus taste.

APPLE FRUITS

The taste of newly-harvested green and yellow apples fresh from the tree

KEEP


Wine can be kept for 2 to 3 years from its vintage


Drinking suggestion 2017-2018


Drink on release

MATCHING

As an aperitif. With puff pastries, quiches, grilled fish or sauced fish, poultry in cream sauce, fresh goat cheese, Pélardon (goat cheese) from the Cévennes, vegetable terrine, vegetable soup, risotto with spring vegetables.

OUR SUGGESTION

• For a regional dish try the Fish Soup with Aïoli and sauce ardente as found in Caroline Conran’s Sud de France – The food and cooking of Languedoc

• This superb book is filled with recipes, maps, and the history of this region.

• It’s published by Prospect Books and there’s an excerpt here: https://prospectbooks.co.uk/samples/Conran.pdf. 

SERVING TEMPERATURE

Best drunk at 12° – 13°

REVIEWS

2015 LutevaLanguedoc Luteva Blanc Wine Advocate (89 – 90) Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck

Released under the Luteva label, yet made with the same team and quality focus as all of the wines at the estate, the 2015 Languedoc Luteva Blanc checks in as a mix of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Vermentino. It offers lots of Chardonnay character with apple fruit, citrus, white flowers and some salty minerality all giving way to a medium-bodied, clean, classy style on the palate. It’s a no brainer at the price. Rating: (89 – 90) Drink Date 2016 – 2017 Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck

“A medium-bodied, clean, classy style on the palate. It’s a no brainer at the price.”

WINE ADVOCATE

VISIT NEARBY

Bouzigues. The town of Bouzigues (Bosiga in Occitan) by the inland sea of the Etang de Thau (and separated from the Mediterranean by a narrow strip of land) is a center for oyster and mussel production dating back to the time of the Greeks. Nearby is the fishing village of Mèze with it’s seafood restaurant

JOIN US IN EXPLORING THE LANGUEDOC AND SOUTHERN FRANCE

BOOKS MENTIONED ABOVE: ANDREW JEFFORD’S WINE COURSE

CAROLINE CONRAN’S SUD DE FRANCE THE TASTES OF LANGUEDOC

JANCIS ROBINSON’S THE OXFORD COMPANION TO WINE