Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose Blanc
50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Vermentino, 20% Rousanne – IGP Coteaux de Béziers
Bijou blanc has an elegant nose that combines a palate of ripe citrus fruits and hints of peach, balanced by a slight minerality and white floral notes of jasmine and elderflower. This indigenous Southern French blend results in a fresh yet full-bodied wine, which shines with peach and lime flavours.
The Legend of Sophie Valrose
Le Bijou de Sophie Valrose is named after a lady who worked in the Languedoc vineyards during the late 19th century and became something of a local hero. At the time, it was largely women who worked in the vineyards; pruning and harvesting the vines. Sadly these women were often mistreated, over-worked and under-paid. Sophie fought for women’s rights and drastically improved working conditions for her fellow women in the vineyard in which she worked. Bijou is a tribute to her memory and we share her story on the back of every bottle sold. Our white is made from grapes sourced from handpicked bush vines, alike those that Sophie would’ve harvested herself many years ago.
Viticulture and Vinification
The harvest takes place early in the morning to preserve the freshness and avoid any oxidation of the juices. The grapes are then pressed separately.
The wine ferments in temperature-controlled vats at 12-14 degrees for almost 3 weeks with selected yeasts.This practice enhances the aromatic character of the varietals. The wine is then aged on fine lees.