2015 Girardet Seyval blanc

2015 Girardet Serval blanc

2015 Girardet Seyval blanc

Shale Rock Vineyards
Umpqua Valley
Southern Oregon AVA

65 cases produced

Marc Girardet, second generation winemaker, had this bottle tucked away under the table at a recent trade tasting and happily shared it with the Winerabblers. A suitcase clone brought back from New York state in a packed VW bus by Marc’s parents back in 1983, the production on this wine is very, very limited. And in case you’re scratching your head over what kind of grape varietal this is, Seyval blanc is a hybrid variety, a cross between Seibel 5656 with Seibel 4986. Created in the early 20th century, Seyval blanc is most common in the Northeast of the United States. In fact, we’re not sure just how many vines are planted in Oregon but we can say it’s not many!

The entire Shale Rock Vineyard is dry farmed so the grape vines must go deep to find the water they need to survive each summer. We think this adds to the distinct mineral notes found in the wine.

With many citrus notes, this Seyval blanc is mouthwateringly delicious and food friendly. We detected lemons and lime zest, along with lemon meringue and wet stone. Not only is it very tart but has a long, clean finish that would pair beautifully with salty cheese, appetizers and light dishes.

SRP $28.


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  1. Erin @ Platings and Pairings Reply

    This is definitely not a varietal I’ve tasted but it sounds delicious and perfect for warmer weather!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Hi Erin- I suspect we’ll begin to see more Seyval in Oregon soon. I think we have a great climate for it and you’re right, it is a perfect summer sipper.

  2. Marlynn | UrbanBlissLife Reply

    I haven’t heard of this one before but I am definitely intrigued! It sounds so light and lemony – would love to try this on a warm summer day!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      It’s tasty Marlynn! If you pick some up, please let me know what you think. Cheers, Michele

  3. Create/Enjoy Reply

    Sounds like a good winery to visit on a trip!

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      Suzannah- it is a cute place and just a little ways outside of Roseburg. It’s one of our favorites in the Umpqua Valley!

  4. Sara Specter Reply

    Bells Up Winery has what we believe to be the second planting of Seyval Blanc in Oregon (after Girardet) and the FIRST planting in the Willamette Valley. We’re excited to turn our baby vines into amazing wine hopefully in Fall 2018.

    • Michele Francisco
      Michele Francisco Reply

      I think the Winerabblers might be just as excited about this as you two! Putting it on the calendar now 😉

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