Domaine des Pierrettes, Temporel, Cuvee Selection, Loire Valley, 2020White
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Temporel is a signature wine, a love letter to all Sauvignon Blanc enthusiasts. It’s unique wine making approach of 15 month on the lees develops unique scents of White peach and orchard fruits, integrated to a stunning, beautiful lingering limestone expression of the terroir, with a touch of a creamy texture to make it mouthwatering! The flavors are complex, perfectly balanced, and stunningly lingering. A unique experience, a gemstone to be discovered! Vegan wine: using diatomaceous earth (mineral based compound) for finning. Organic by French standard, and HVE certified. Only CeleriersCellar.com sells this wine in the U.S.
10-30 years old
HVE certified winery, in biological conversion. Natural irrigation, no watering or water retention system. Winter pruning is done by hand, and is over by march. They apply the "one bra" cut, leaving 3 to 4 coursons maximum in order to keep lesser but better and bigger grapes. The wood cut stays between the rows and is crushed to favorize soil fertilization. The first trellising of vines is done in April. intensive weeds/grass cutting/grinding are being held until June/July. Since the Domaine is in Biological conversion, all treatments are certified natural. The fewer the better. In September, samples of fruits are tested to define which parcels are being harvested. The harvest is done mechanically at the beginning of september and early in the morning (4am to 10am). The Sauvignon needs to be harvested fast and at cool temperature to preserve its quality.
Grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press with a gentle program to extract the most qualitative juice. The fermentation process is run in thermoregulated vats for 2 to 3 weeks. Following the fermentation process, the wine is kept on its lees for 15 months. Every the month, the lees are resuspended, to extract its oenological properties. This is to obtain a buttery mouthful structure, which is long-lasting.
The 2020 vintage was a particularly good year in the Loire valley. Good weather came late in the year, allowing the vines to be protected from late frost since they were not grown too early. Summer was hot with just the right amount of rain, allowing a great vintage both in quality and in quantity.
Clay-with-flint. The soil is filled with lots of small stones, giving their name to the Domaine des Pierrettes