The 2000 Clos Blanc is Tablas Creek Vineyard’s signature white wine from the 2000 vintage, and the predecessor of the Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc. It is also the first Tablas Creek white to be predominantly Roussanne, and has shown Roussanne’s potential for aging.
The 2000 vintage was beautifully balanced at the vineyard: warm sunny days persisted through the ripening season, without the intense baking heat that can dampen the varietals’ aromatics. Consistent warmth throughout harvest produced wines with tremendous concentration, beginning with the Viognier on September 8th, and finishing with the last lots of Roussanne and Marsanne on October 16th.
All the varietals were whole cluster pressed, and fermented with native yeasts. The Roussanne was fermented half in stainless steel fermenters and half in small neutral oak “pieces”, while the other varietals were fermented 100% in stainless steel. All the varieties completed malolactic fermentation. The wines were racked, blended, and bottled in April 2001.
Updated tasting notes November 2005: Roussanne component predominant: a slightly nutty nose of honey, spice, and ripe pear. Fat and rich in the mouth, but balanced by moderate acidity, with flavors of honey and clove. A long finish with the spice resonating for 30 seconds. Drinking beautifully now, and should age gracefully for another year or two at least.
Join Tablas Creek's winemaking team on Saturday, February 28th to look back at 2005 with the perspective of ten years' time. 2005 was a big, personality-filled vintage, often robust and tannic in its youth, which has proven to age in a fascinating way. At this horizontal tasting we'll try 10 different 2005's, from Esprit Blanc to Counoise to Panoplie to Vin de Paille. Details & More Events »
We are thrilled to announce that we've received our shipping permit from the great state of Massachusetts. Residents of the Bay State can now order wine or become VINsider Wine Club members. More shipping news »
In August, Antonio Galloni published the results of his annual visit to Tablas Creek, and we were excited to receive such good reviews from this notoriously tough grader. Notes included the 2012 Esprit de Tablas Blanc (92 points; “impeccably refined”), 2011 Panoplie (94 points; "pure elegance"), 2012 Patelin de Tablas (90 points; “a gorgeous wine and a fabulous value”), and the 2012 Esprit de Tablas (93-95 points; "a fascinating Esprit to follow over the coming years"). Read the complete review » More recent press »
February 23, 2015
Normally, the sign at the edge of our head-trained Mourvedre vineyard just outside our tasting room is to protect people from a twisted ankle, should they stray off the tarmac. Now, we're worried we might lose them in the cover crop! Read More »