Appellation: Cotes du Roussillon (Roussillon region)
Grapes: Grenache Blanc (25%), Rolle aka. Vermentino (25%), Marsanne (20%), Roussanne (20%), Maccabeu (10%)
Farming: Organic (certified)
Aromatics: Fine notes of peach, quince, citrus and smoky notes.
Palate: Powerful and rich; La Ciste have great fleshy texture and a beautiful acidity from its terroir and elevation. Ripe pears and peach on the palate. Mineral and salty driven finish.
About the wine: High elevation cool climate vineyard (500 meters), 45 years old vines. The vines sit on acidic terroir made of gneiss and broken-down granite with some pockets of quartz. Hand harvested, low yields. Natural yeast fermentation, malolactic fermentation, vinification and ageing in barrels on the lees (demi-muits). Minimal intervention in the cellar. Low sulphur.
When to drink: Drink now or in the next 5-6 years.
Service: 10 to 12 degrees C.
Food match: Fish with a sauce, shellfish, white meats or fresh goat cheese.