Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2010

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  • Introduction

    • “De La Chevalière” is “of the knight’s lady,” a reference to “Mas La Chevalière” which is literally the “farmhouse of the knight’s lady,” the Laroche winery in southern France where this wine is produced.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from Béziers near the Mediterranean and from the foothills of the Cévennes. The Cévennes is a maze of deep valleys with winding rivers of clear waters, steep slopes covered in forests and jagged rock cliffs and ledges. More than a mountain chain, the Cévennes are in fact a multitude of many-sided open spaces which form the southern part of the Central Massif as it veers towards the Languedoc. In these areas of the Languedoc, the influence of the maritime climate provides cooler, fresher conditions. Vineyard orientation is eastern, and the soil is varied, with chalk, marl and schist predominant.

    • Cultivation: “Lutte raisonnée,” or “reasoned protection,” (using chemical intervention only when required); primarily cordon pruning, with high trellising and fruit thinning in the vineyards
    • Size: Purchased grapes, vineyard size varies based on source and location
    • Vine Age: 10 years or more
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • A vintage with generous sunshine. Cool nights allowed the grapes to keep their balance, vivacity and delicate aroma. Harvest took place under favorable weather conditions at the end of August.

    • Harvest Date(s): End of August
    • Yields: 60 hl/ha (4.4 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Pressing: Gently whole-bunch pressed in a pneumatic press, followed by a minimum settling period of 48 hours and removal of grape solids at 5°C (41°F)

    • Fermentation: 21 days at 15°C (59°F) in stainless-steel tanks
    • Malolactic: None
    • Aging: 4 months prolonged yeast lees contact in stainless-steel tanks with regular “batonnage,” or “lees stirring,”; no barrel aging
    • Filtration: Minimum filtration to preserve natural character to the maximum
    • Bottled: Under low pressure on a bottling line designed to protect quality
  • Technical Information

    • Production (in cases): 9,166 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 12/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Bright straw yellow color
      Aroma: Intense orange blossom with mineral hints
      Taste: Notes of peachy aromas with hints of pepper on the finish
      Aging Potential: 3 years



  • Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2010

    A bright straw yellow color and intense orange blossom with mineral hints. Notes of peachy aromas with hints of pepper on the finish.