Patrimonio Blanc – Cuvée des Gouverneurs
100% Vermentino – limestone, chalk and clay soil with pebbles. The grapes are manually harvested at perfect maturity and come from the best plots. Direct pressing. 12 to 24 hour skin maceration. Fermentation at 70 to 73.5F, in French oak. Maturation on the lees in French oak (1/3 new) for 6 to 8 months, with regular bâtonnage. The Cuvée des Gouverneurs boasts exotic floral notes and slightly mineral undertones. It reaches aromatic maturity after three years of aging (in oak at first, then in bottles before release) resulting in refined and elegant oak characteristics. It can be kept for 6 to 8 years, and up to 10 years for exceptional vintages.
About the Producer
Created in 1966, Domaine Orenga de Gaffory is situated in the midst of the exquisite Patrimonio appellation in northern Corsica, a spectacular region inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Its sixty hectares are planted with a range of traditional Corsican grape varieties: Niellucio, Vermentino, Sciacarellu, Minustellu, Aleatico et Muscat Petits Grains.
Henri Orenga de Gaffory exert his life-long passion for the art of vine growing and winemaking with a strong dedication to Patrimonio's unique terroirs, which produce wines characterized by their balanced structure and aromatic concentration, as well as their potential for aging. Equally passionate about contemporary art, he hosts annual exhibitions of modern art displaying the works of Corsican and international artists such as Ange Leccia, David Raffini, Claude Viallat, Pascale Marthyne Tayou and Pascal Dombis. The winemaking is now in the hands of Philippe Rideau while Piotr Nowicki is head of vineyard management.
Farming practices: organic, in conversion. Will be certified in 2019.
Domaine Orenga de Gaffory