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Principauté d’Orange Blanc

Clos Saint Antonin

Principauté d’Orange Blanc Bottle
Appellation
Principauté d'Orange
Variety
Clairette, Chardonnay
Age of Vines
20
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Sandy clay-limestone
Altitude
200–300 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, direct press, natural yeast fermentation in 225L French oak barrels (Chardonnay) and stainless steel tanks (Clairette)
Aging
6 months in 225L French oak barrels & stainless steel tanks

Overview

While Plan de Dieu is largely gravelly red clay soils over sandstone or water retaining blue clay, but there are occasional sandy spots scattered around the appellation. The previous owner of Clos St-Antonin planted Chardonnay and Clairette on the sandier soils at the base of the gentle hill where the Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre are located. Rather than grub the Chardonnay or graft it over, Isabelle Sabon makes a IGP Blanc of roughly equal parts Chardonnay and Clairette. While the Chardonnay is fermented and aged in French oak barrels for richness and texture, the Clairette is kept in tank contributing floral notes, minerality and tremendous freshness to the finished wine.

Rhône, France
  • Location
    Rhône, France
  • Appellation
    Principauté d'Orange
  • Proprietor
    Isabelle Sabon
  • Winemaker
    Isabelle Sabon
  • Size / Elevation
    15 hectares / 100-300 meters

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