Surrounded by imposing limestone cliffs and the picturesque Pic Saint Loup mountain, vineyards are situated at the bottom of the valley where coastal plains give way to higher, inland plateaus. This wine doesn’t come under the Pic Saint Loup Appellation, as that only includes red and rosé wines, however the vines benefit from stony, well-draining soil – a mix of hard limestone fragments from the surrounding cliffs mixed with soft limestone and alluvial deposits from the nearby river.
The climate is somewhat unique due its position inland and above the coastal plains, with a tempered Mediterranean climate and high diurnal temperature range that enhance the grapes’ acidity and aromatic qualities.
A blend of Roussanne (30%), Sauvignon Blanc (20%), Viognier (20%), Sauvignon Gris (10%), Chardonnay (10%), Petit Manseng (5%) and Bourboulenc (5%).
Grapes are harvested at night to preserve freshness and aromas. Aged in vats for 4 months prior to bottling.
Drink now and over the next 2 years.
Domaine de l’Hortus is run by the Orliac family, now responsible for 60 hectares of vineyards nestled around the nearly peaks. The venture began in the 1970s, with Jean Orliac who began cultivating abandoned land parcels in the area. For a lover of rock climbing the impressive limestone escarpments were an obvious attraction, nevertheless he was one of the first to realise the potential in the scree covered slopes and valley floors for quality wine production.
Drink with all white fish and shellfish dishes – simply done, with garlic or a sauce (but not too rich). Alternatively, this will work nicely with a butternut squash and sage risotto.