For this year’s “L’Orange” they decided on old vine Müeller Thurgau and Sauvignon Blanc for the higher aromatics, juxtaposed with the savory and more salty Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc that they have worked with for many years.
Some of the Chardonnay was fermented with Carbonic Maceration, which is a more typical approach with red grapes like Gamay (they do this with other grapes like Pinot Noir too), but though that perhaps they could capture some of the funky fruit characters they are accustomed to with the grapes. The result was more floral than fruit, but a perfect compliment to the mix.
The 2019 “L’Orange” features a blend of white grapes (and a tiny amount of one pressed off red grape) from some of our favorite sites, and they think they've really struck gold (or struck orange!) again with this approachable orange wine.
This is definitely an orange wine that you will want by the bottle – not just a taste!