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Maison Galuval Le Coq Volant Blanc

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Nestled between Cairanne and Rasteau in the Provencale hinterland, Galuval covers 49 ha in various parcels that include some of the very best terroir around Mont Ventabren and some of the oldest vines in the region of local varietals, including Caladoc. The diversity of terroir and topography is used to its fullest advantage: marl, clay and the famous pebbles of the Rhone valley make for a broad pallet of cepages with which to work. Recently revamped as a winery, Galuval has a long pedigree of well-regarded wines. Emmanuel Couzi's philosophy is above all about fruit balance: exceptional winemaking leaves the fruit to do all the talking. Low intervention and perfect growing conditions combined with careful parcel selection and judicious ageing result in thoroughly modern wines that are true to the individual character of each year. these are wines that suit wine-lovers looking for discovery, varietal and terroir - nuance at affordable prices in the Rhone.

The emblem of the Domaine de Galuval, the Rooster, spins around as the weathervane is battered by the wind. The Mistral and the benefit it brings are what help our vineyards to prosper ventilating the vines, keeping the grapes healthy and chasing away the clouds to allow them to reach perfect maturity. The Coq Volant White takes its inspiration from this wind and offers a fresh soaring profile as a tribute.

Grapes

Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette

Production

Le Coq Volant White is made from parcels in the Gayere Valley which takes its name from the river that runs through it. It is renowned for the freshness of its marbled clay soils which make it an ideal terroir for fresh and elegant gastronomic white wines. Situated to the south of the village of Cairanne, this terroir is made up of colluvions rich in moisture retaining silt, with few stones but occasional gravel and pebbles. The clay is marbled, with limestone nodules and abundant pseudo-mycelia, forming substrata that enable the vines to survive the summer heat thanks to the plentiful water supply to their roots. The vines average 6 years of age and lie at an altitude of 130m.

Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Roussanne, Clairette

The grapes are picked at dawn by machine. Upon arrival at the winery the grapes go into a vibrating hopper to preserve the integrity of the berries. They are then directly pressed in an axially fed, closed cage pneumatic press. Only the core of the press wine is retained from 0.6 bars. The juice is cold settled at 12ºC to retain only the fine lees. It is then seeded with selected yeasts and fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats at 14-18ºC with macro-oxygenation throughout. We preserve the natural levels of malic acid by blocking malolactic fermentation. The lees are stirred into suspension before the wine is racked then aged on fine lees. It is then matured in stainless steel vats on fine lees for four months.

Tasting Notes

A quartet of local grapes, white Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne and Clairette have given birth to this wine. Golden yellow with greenish highlights. A complex nose of white flowers, honeysuckle and lime blossom. In the mouth it is elegant and diaphanous, with lovely smoothness of the first palate bright fruit and persistent freshness. A delicacy of expression that is rare for the region.

Delicious served as an aperitif or with light fresh cuisine such as roast scallops with a sprinkling of orange zest, a cheese souffle or a poached egg with asparagus and parmesan cream.

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