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2013: Perfectly Poised for the 'Best Vintage yet'

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Now in its 5th vintage 'La Fleur Solitaire' Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013 is perfectly poised to be its 'best vintage yet' according to Boutinot's Kim Tidy.

2013 saw everything come together for this white wine from the Southern Rhône, an area traditionally renowned for its full bodied reds.

As the wine is shipped to the UK by importers Boutinot, buyer Kim Tidy further explained his enthusiasm for 'La Fleur Solitaire' 2013 -  "its partly because 2013 was a cool vintage (better suited to whites) and partly because winemaker Eric Monnin, with each Southern Rhône vintage, is subtly fine-tuning how to make their white wines more intriguing and more satisfying". 

Each vintage since 2009 has been subtly different in terms of the assemblage and maturation - decisions made through sagacious tasting at evey stage of vinification. As with the 2012 vintage, Clairette has played a small but vital part in the final blend but, for 2013, Marsanne has not been included.

For the 2013 vintage the Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Viognier and Roussanne needed very little oak to underpin their exuberance and enhance their natural appealing flavours, So only one quarter was matured in French oak, less than in 2012, and then only for 6 months in 2nd and 3rd fill 600 litre barrels (‘demi-muids’).

'La Fleur Solitaire', Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2013
The nose springs to life with the fresh scent of spring flowers, slowly releasing more of the exotic notes you expect from fully ripe southern Rhône fruit as it swirls in the glass. The palate follows suit: fresh, bright and lively at first sip, the mid-palate fills out with the fullness and juiciness of fruit picked ripe but not too soft; and builds towards a smooth, subtly textured finish: almost rich, quite savoury. Freshness and ripeness combined, fullness and vivaciousness counterbalanced. Perfect poise” Kim Tidy

Available in the UK now through Boutinot Ltd.