2014 Grand Marrenon AOC Luberon Blanc
The 2014 Grand Marrenon Blanc comes from the Luberon, a mountain in central France that sits on the edge of the Rhone where it meets Provence. While the wine from this beautiful part of France is lesser known compared to those further north in the Rhone Valley, the higher altitude vineyards can makes for some surprisingly refreshing white wines that regularly surprise.
That brings us to this Grand Marrenon Blanc. One of the top single vineyard wines from Marrenon, a family estate with an illustrious history focused on the Luberon and Ventoux massif, and this white is a blend of Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Clairette sourced from rocky clay soils on the mountain itself.
Half barrel fermented for 6 months to give palate weight, with the other half kept in tanks for freshness and vitality, this has a beautifully soft, gentle texture yet backed up by brisk acidity. 2014 was an excellent vintage for whites too, and here it has delivered a wine that is closer to Burgundy or an oaked Semillon than anything else, with exceptional length suggesting it will live for years yet. Only a very small amount of the Grand Marrenon Blanc came to Australia, and for anyone after something a little different, this is worth every cent.
Marrenon Winegrowers produce wines around 2 mountains, the Luberon and Ventoux (think Tour de France route) which is located in the heart of Provence geographically. It is made up of 9 cooperative cellars (1200 winegrowers) and sells 85% of the total AOP Luberon production and represents 10% of the total Rhone Valley production and 1% of total French Production.
Soil: Small plots selected among our best terroirs, situated on rocky clay and chalky slopes of Luberon. These soils give naturally small yield (30hl/ha).
Grapes: 50% Vermentino, 40% Grenache Blanc, 10% Clairette.
Harvest and Vinification: Harvest in the first week of October for all the grape types, grape blending in the pressing. 60% of the blend is fermented in barrels (30% of new barrels) and matured during 6 months. 40% of the blend is fermented in tank between 12°C and 14°C. Maturing on fine lees during 6 months and blending.
Tasting notes: The colour is straw-yellow with silver reflects. The nose expresses floral and fruity aromas with white flowers overtone (hawthorn, acacia) completed by yellow peaches. Wood is slightly percepted and well integrated. The mouth is developed on a well-balanced texture leading to wood and honey flavours. The whole set is dashing on fat balanced with a good acidity. The final reveals roast and vanilla overtones.
Sommelier advice: To be served at 12°C. This wine will ideally accompany a truffle omelette or spiny lobster. A wine for ageing to drink within 5 years.
Awards & recognition:
All Wines Asia: Silver Medal