Domaine des Ardoisières 'Schiste' 2020
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Schiste Blanc is a blend of 40% Jacquère, 30% Roussette, 20% Pinot Gris, 10% Mondeuse Blanche. The vineyard is a great terroir with south-facing terraced plots with an impressive 60 degree inclined slope and soil derived from metamorphic mica-schists. Yields are just 25hl/hectare, and the wine is aged for 18 months in three to five year old barrels.
The bouquet emerges with apricot, pears and orange blossom followed by slight toasted nuts and underlining herbal notes. The palate is lively but balanced, with the dense fruit shining through alongside fresh citrus acidity finished with a lip-smacking salinity. You can drink it now with a 30-minute decant before serving or cellar it up until 2030+.