Since 1931, five generations of the Brotte family have been carefully and lovingly crafting refined, elegantly fruity and spicy wines with a remarkably smooth character. Its in-depth knowledge of the terroirs and the art of vinification and ageing endow all the Brotte wines with their distinctive style. Viognier is a varietal with a more subtle acidity. In this wine, it is the typical smoothness and creaminess of the Brotte wines that have been really brought to the fore.
Appearance – Dark golden yellow hue.
Nose – Intense. When young, the wine’s nose is fresh with apricot, peach and jasmine aromas. After a year of cellar-ageing, dry apricot aromas dominate the nose which then goes on to develop notes of acacia honey, quince and ripe peaches.
Palate – When young, the wine is fresh and soft with hints of apricots and wild peaches. It is a perfect partner for aperitifs, summer salads, grilled white fish, sushi and sweet and sour Asian cuisine. This is a wine to be enjoyed when it is still relatively young, but which will go on to develop a lovely fat and notes of dried apricots and honey with age
LOCATION, TERROIR & VINIFICATION
The majority of the grapes come from the Gard department, particularly the commune of Laudun on the right bank of the river Rhône.
“Baies Dorées” (golden berries): A tribute to the Viognier grape variety. The berries of this grape variety, native to the Rhône region, turn amber and golden when ripe. We have selected vines planted on a gorgeous silty-clay terroir which receives a great deal of sunshine. The hot, dry climate helps the grapes to ripen well and also helps to maintain the vineyards in good health
VINIFICATION & AGEING
The grapes are harvested when fully ripe early in the morning and are then directly and gently pressed. The Viognier ferments in stainless steel vats at 18-20°C for 15 days. We do not carry out the malolactic fermentation to preserve the freshness of the aromas. After a tangential filtration, the wine is bottled in the March following the harvest.
An excellent aperitif wine. Serve at 11°C.
When young, this wine is perfect with aperitifs, summer salads, grilled white fish, sushi and sweet and sour Asian cuisine. With age, it will pair nicely with shrimp dishes, a terrine of salmon and dry or ash-dusted goat’s cheeses.
Name: Viognier Baies Dorées
Brand: Brotte – La Collection
Classification: IGP Pays D’Oc
Region: Southern Rhône Valley (France)
Grape Varieties: 100% Viognier