Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2007
Roussanne, with its wonderufl balance of richness, minerality, and acidity, as usual forms the core of our 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. In 2007, a year of treemndous intensity for all our varietals, we balanced Roussanne's rightness with a higher-than-usual percentage of Picpoul. The final blend for 2007 includes 68% roussanne, 22% Grenache Blanc (for roundness and its distinctive green apple and anise flavors), and 10% Picpoul Blanc for acids and minerality.We fermented both Grenache Blanc and Roussanne in one- and two-year-old foudres, which added richness and gentle sweet oak to the wine. The Grenache Blanc's extraordinarily long fermentation delayed blending and bottling of this wine into August 2008.