Lauze pronounced: “Lowes” (like the home improvement store)
Traditionalist Styled Chateauneuf Wines
Woman winemaker/owner Anne Fourcher creates Traditionalist Styled Chateauneuf wines (contrasting with the Modernist Parker style), in an ancient cellar near the center of the famed Southern Rhone village, Cheateauneuf du Pape. Anne took over the winemaking in 2004. The winery is named for a local WWII Resistance Fighter, Count de Lauze, and colleague of Anne’s grandfather.
Anne Fourcher makes wines in the Traditionalist style, emphasizing more elegance and restraint. This Traditional style contrasts sharply with the Modern New World/Parker style which began in 1996, in which Robert Parker promoted a model of power and extraction (for bigger, riper, oakier wine).Hand harvested and rigorously field – sorted, her wines are fermented in either cement or stainless tanks with native yeasts and no contact with new oak.
Her rock-strewn parcels situated on the north-facing, northern edge of Chateauneuf du Pape north of Mont-Redon. Farming Certified as “HVE” (Haute Valeur Environmental) for protecting plant health and ensuring biodiversity in the vineyards. She uses no pesticides or herbicides in her vinyards, following Lutte Raisonée Farming principles. The name Lauze also refers to the commonly occuring flat stones found in the heavily rock-laden vineyards.
Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc, Comte de Lauze 2019 Certified HVE Farming
The vines are up to 50 years old, and are grown without pesticides or herbicides in a slightly cooler, north-sloping terroir that resembles a rock pile. Co- fermented using native yeast (45% Grenache Blanc, 35% Roussanne, 10% each Clairette and Bourbelenc), no malolactic conversion and aged in 10% in large 600L neutral barrels, influencing texture rather than flavor. Night-picked for bright acidity and fermented at cold 50 ̊F temeperatures. Aromas of peach and white flowers. On the palate a broad complexity, notes of citrus, exotic fruit, balanced between acidity and a creamy texture. The winemaker suggests decanting this age-worthy white to open it further, and to avoid serving it cold. Very rare, as only 5% of Chateauneuf wines are white. 150 cases.
Châteauneuf du Pape Rouge, Comte de Lauze 2017 Certified HVE Farming
90 Points, Wine Advocate: “Ripe Cherries mark the nose, joined by notes of dried spices and a hint of tapenade. Full-bodied and velvety in texture, it should drink well for up to a decade.” The 40+ year old vines emerge from a sea of softball sized rocks with no visible dirt or topsoil. Made with no new oak, native-yeast fermented, the 20% Syrah and 80% Grenache is neither racked nor filtered. Her frigid 50° F cellar ensures prolonged fermentation in underground cement tanks. Opens with splash decant to reveal floral notes, spice and earth, elegant red fruits, power and yet restraint. This wine will age easily for a generation or more, yet is completely enjoyable now. 400 cases made.