2012 La Douce Revanche
Late Harvest, 375 ml
The 2012 La Douce Revanche is a lovely wine with a mineral nose, a hint of flint, with a note of apricot and almond. The wine has a crispy mouth, with a round mid palate and a long finish of fruit cocktail. La Douce Revanche is a lovely wine to be enjoyed on its own or as delicious accompaniment to fois gras, cheeses or dessert.
The 2012 season was drier than the previous two years. The last notable rain occurred in April and no frost after bud break was recorded. The set was excellent ensuring an abundant crop of healthy grapes – a welcome turn after the extremely low yields of 2011. Some thinning around veraison encouraged better vine balance. The summer was warm and even with no major heat spikes. Cool mornings and evenings towards the end of the growing season ensured full ripeness and firm acid levels. The fruit was harvested on October 5.
The grapes were gently de-stemmed, pressed and settled overnight before the juice was fermented in French oak barrel and aged on lees for 9 months with weekly battonage.