Figuière Première White 2016

Figuière is a 210-acre organic wine estate located in La Londe les Maures. Alain Combard purchased the property in 1992 after discovering its cool coastal climate and unique schist soils. “The schist in La Londe seduced my father,” says Alain’s daughter Magali, “schist and the sea make our style.”

Figuière is in La Londe-les-Maures between Marseille and Nice with vineyards that lie just a few hundred meters from the Mediterranean Sea. “There’s a five-degree difference in temperature from our vineyards to those of the interior,” says Magali, “the freshness found in our wines is very singular to the La Londe region.”

Première White is organically grown and produced entirely from the Figuière estate in the Côtes-de-Provence AOP. The goal of Première White is to express such unique schist terroir found at La Londe offering a perfect mineral expression of Rolle. A blend of Rolle 75% and Sémillon 25% vinified entirely in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

Figuière aims for tight wines that express the unique terroir of coastal Provence. Première White shows complex aromas and flavors of nectarine, thyme and lavender, and white flowers. The wine has a persistent freshness thanks to cooling breezes from the Mediterranean and an underpinning of salty minerality thanks to La Londe’s distinctive schist soils.

Food Pairing

Première White is ideally suited to shellfish. A chilled platter of cooked and raw seafood including oysters, prawns and langoustines are brilliant alongside the salty and citrusy character of this wine. Rolle’s herbaceous undertones will also highlight pasta or fish sauced with pesto or chicken roasted with Herbs de Provence.

Production Info
Production area/appellation
Côtes-de-Provence AOP
Vineyard name
Figuière
Vineyard size
210 acres
Soil composition
Schist
Elevation
660 feet
Vines/acre
1780
Average Vine Age
25-35 years
Yield/acre
2.2 tons
Total SO2
69
Harvest time
August-September
First vintage of this wine
1979
Bottles produced of this wine
26,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
75% Rolle (Vermentino), 25% Sémillon
Prefermentation Technique
The grapes are destemmed and cooled before pneumatic pressing at a low pressure
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks for 6 months
Length of alcoholic fermentation
15 days
Fermentation temperature
60 °F
Fining agent
Kieselguhr
Certifying Organizations
Ecocert
Analytical Data
Alcohol
12.5 %
pH level
3.3
Residual sugar
0.8 g/L
Acidity
3.4 g/L

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