White wine is a rarity in Duche d'Uzes, as white grapes make up only about 10% of the vines planted. Yet, probably because of the commitment of producers like Mas Pellier, the white wines from this region are getting to be nothing less than spectacular.
Mas Pellier is comprised of 75 acres of vines. The varietals are mostly red, but they take every bit as much pride in their white grapes. The yields are kept to a minimum in order to extract the maximum flavor from each grape.
Picked early in the morning to keep their maximum concentration, the grapes of each varietal are vinified separately then blended as needed to achieve the best that each has to offer. This process allows the winemaker to add more or less of each varietal, depending on what the vintage gives him.
Our selection is a blend of 40% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc and 20% Roussanne, which is similar to a white Rh?ne, but with more flavor and structure. The Grenache Blanc is picked first, as it ripens the quickest and contributes the firm backbone of acidity to help carry the flavors through the palate. Both the Viognier and Roussanne are picked later in the season, to attain maximum ripeness and flavor.
The result is a plethora of exotic flavors including (but not limited to) musk oil, guava, kiwi, white peach and apricot. The spice and citrus components pervade the senses all the way to the explosive finish. A rare treat indeed!