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2022 Malvoisie d’Istrie Blanc

Château La Roque
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Malvasia is one of those accessible-but-just-unusual-enough varieties that easily finds itself the object of ardent fandom. We are lucky to have multiple stunning iterations from our producers in northern Italy, so when this bottle arrived from the south of France, an air of intrigue swept our staff. Tasting the bottle, one quickly sees winemaker Cyriaque Rozier’s statement that Malvasia has “acclimated perfectly to the land of La Roque” is not an overstatement. The characteristic citrus peel nose takes on tropical notes and, as with Cyriaque’s bottling of Assyrtiko, the Languedoc rendition presents satisfying weight to a variety that’s often delicate-footed. These are breathtaking takes on exciting grapes. Cheers to innovative winemaking.  

Allyson Noman

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Assyrtiko
Appellation: Languedoc
Country: France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Producer: Château La Roque
Winemaker: Cyriaque Rozier
Soil: Clay, limestone scree
Aging: Aged in cement tanks (80%) and demi-muids (20%) for 8 months
Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Languedoc-Roussillon

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Ask wine drinkers around the world, and the word “Languedoc” is sure to elicit mixed reactions. On the one hand, the region is still strongly tied to its past as a producer of cheap, insipid bulk wine in the eyes of many consumers. On the other hand, it is the source of countless great values providing affordable everyday pleasure, with an increasing number of higher-end wines capable of rivaling the best from other parts of France.

While there’s no denying the Languedoc’s checkered history, the last two decades have seen a noticeable shift to fine wine, with an emphasis on terroir. Ambitious growers have sought out vineyard sites with poor, well draining soils in hilly zones, curbed back on irrigation and the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and looked to balance traditional production methods with technological advancements to craft wines with elegance, balance, and a clear sense of place. Today, the overall quality and variety of wines being made in the Languedoc is as high as ever.

Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés to be found as well, along with stunning dessert wines revered by connoisseurs for centuries.

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