Domaines Bonfils is a family business, that has been growing grapes since 1870. Now in the 6th generation, the business comprises 19 Domaines and Chateaux, 17 of which are in the Languedoc with 1800 hectares of vineyards, making them one of the largest independent grape-grower/wine producers in France. Chateau Capitoul at the southernmost point of the Cru La Clape area, and closest to the sea has a strong maritime influence; cooling sea breezes and mists help to make the wines unique. At 62 hectares it represents 10% of the entire appellation. The estate was purchased by the Bonfils Family in 2011.
Straw yellow colour. Great aromatic complexity, underlined by subtle and elegant oaky notes, white-fleshed fruit, peach, hints of spice, raisins and honey.
Vineyard and Viticulture
This wine is from La Clape appellation where the grapes come from one site, the sloping vineyard faces South West. The vines average 18 years old and are planted on clay and limestone stony soils. 4400 vines are planted per hectare, conventional viticulture using VSP trellis and sustainable and organic practices produce average yields of 40 hl/ha. The grapes were machine harvested at night and early in the mornings during the month of October.
The grapes ripen at different times so they were fermented separately. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and left in contact with their skins for several hours, then pressed in a pneumatic press. Fermentation was initiated using cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks and it lasted 14 days at 17°C. The Viognier was matured in French oak barrels (old and new) and the other varieties were left to rest in the tanks on their lees for 2 months with occasional battonage. The wine was fined and filtered prior to bottling.
- 2016 Silver Vignerons Independents, Bronze.
- 2016 Grands Vins de France Mâcon
|Cultivar||40% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, 15% Rousanne, 10% Viognier|
13.5% alc vol
|Units of Alcohol per Bottle||10.1 units|
|Cellaring Potential||Awaiting information|
|Allergen Information||Contains Sulphites|
|Dietary Information||Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans|
|Food Matches||A great match for savoury dishes particularly poultry and cheeses.|
|Origin||Cru La Clape|
AOC Languedoc Roussillon