Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc V. Vignes
50% Bourbolenc/50%Clairette. Eric Texier has worked closely for many years with Jean Riché, the owner/farmer of this small plot of organic vines which lie 1 km. from the Rhône River in the lieu-dit of Bois Sénéchaux. The north-facing site is flat and stony with the classic glacial galets roulés and cool, clay-based soils over limestone mother rock. The Bourbelenc and Clairette average over 50 years old and are bush-trained, creating shade to protect the bunches from the hot sun; Texier stopped using the Grenache Blanc vines years ago, in an effort to keep a better-balanced, terroir-expressive profile. The bunches are harvested by hand and on the early side to preserve freshness. They are direct-pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts and without sulfur in used oak barrels. The wine does undergo malolactic fermentation and is aged in used barrel with no racking for 16-20 months; it is bottled without fining or filtering or any addition of sulfur.