- Producer: Clos Solène - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Guillaume Fabre
- Region (AVA): Paso Robles (Paso Robles)
- Blend: 75% Roussanne, 25% Viognier
- Vintage production: 250 cases
- Winery location: Willow Creek
- Owners: Guillaume & Solène Fabre
- First Vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2020-2030
About the Wine:
This 2019 vintage of Hommage Blanc, mainly Roussanne with 25% Viognier. About 20% of the fruits are from the Estate, this is the first “real” crop. The rest comes from James Berry, Glenrose and Adelaida. Aged in oak for 6 months, it is elegant with a gorgeous texture.
The Hommage Blanc is the 10th recreation of the very first wine made under the Clos Solène label. Guillaume’s first ever Roussanne was called Essence of Roussanne and was only 2 barrels produced of 100% Roussanne. Today, after ten years of tradition, the blend is Roussanne & Viognier. Elegance and grace with notes of honeysuckle and tropical fruits. The mid-palate is velvety and finishes with great freshness and energy.
Guillaume Fabre: "Combining Viognier and Roussanne from Glenrose and James Berry Vineyards, the 2018 vintage is stunning. The weather pattern during harvest helped to slow down the maturation a little and therefore develop this flavor profile. I find it to be the best since my arrival 14 years ago. We continue to farm both in head train and trellis. The wine has a refined bouquet of honeysuckle and some tropical notes. Nicely balanced, it has a great texture, a lingering finish with a beautiful minerality. To describe it I would use the word elegance. It was aged 6 months in 320L barrels, mostly neutral with 30% new. This wine can be cellared for 8 to 10 years with a peak at 6 years."
Clos Solène Hommage Blanc 2019
"Pale gold. Pungent pear, yellow apple and peach aromas are complemented by suggestions of honeysuckle, lemon zest and chalky minerals. Seamless and lively on the palate, offering fresh orchard and pit fruit flavors underscored by a dusty mineral quality. Lingers with excellent tenacity on the incisive finish, leaving bitter orange pith and pit fruit notes behind."
94 points, Josh Reynolds (Vinous, Nov. 2020)
"Notes of spiced pears and citrus emerge from the 2019 Hommage Blanc, which is beautifully balanced and has a juicy, elegant texture, good richness, and a clean finish. Drink this elegant yet concentrated white over the coming 3-4 years or so. It might even keep longer."
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Sept. 2020)