Mas La Chevalière

Languedoc, France

Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2011

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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-plus years
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • 2011 was an excellent vintage in the South of France. Weather conditions were very fine, producing a high level of grape ripeness and exceptional balance of sugar and acidity. Cool temperatures at night in August and early September had a huge impact on the quality of aromas in the berries and, subsequently, in the wine. The wines will be very complex.

    • 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: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • Appearance: Pale straw color
      Aroma: Elderflower with mineral overtones
      Taste: Elegant structure with fresh fruit and lime peel; a long and refreshing finish
      Aging Potential: 3 years



  • Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Pays d’Oc – 2011

    Pale straw color; elderflower aromas with mineral overtones. An elegant structure with fresh fruit and lime peel and a long, refreshing finish.