The name of our white wine “Tabula rasa” means “white sheet”, a term first developed by Aristotle and then taken further by British philosopher John Locke, standing for the immaculate status of a new born child. In the colloquial language “Tabula rasa” stands for “making a clean sweep”, which one might do to find closure with the past. The text on the label is an extract of a 300 years old essay from John Locke, covering the human apprehension, and has been lent to us from the Library of the abbey Einsiedeln. The direct translation is:
"Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished? Whence comes it by that vast store which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety? Whence has it all the materials of reason and knowledge? To this I answer, in one word, from experience"
The white wine is a cuvee from Grenache gris, Grenache blanc, Carignan blanc and Macabeu. These you find scattered in the old red wine vineyards and we selectively harvest them at an optimal ripeness of fruit. The exact percentage of shares is therefore not known. The grapes are first carefully pounded with feet and then processed with the wine press. After the natural sedimentation the juice is transferred to 400 l barrels, where the fermentation will commence. After fermentation is finished, we develop the wine on the yeast. After approximately one year we add a minimum of sulfur, and finally bottle the wine.
"The 2013 Tabula Rasa is a blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Macabeu and Carignan Blanc that was brought up all in older barrels. Slightly deeper in color than the 2012, it offers classic notes of dried pineapple, honeysuckle, crushed rocks and toast. this is followed by a medium-bodied, full, fleshy and textured white that will do well at the dinner table."
-Wine Advocate 2015
"Pure, elegant and fresh, the 2012 Tabula Rasa has terrific notes of white peach, white flowers and honeysuckle to go with medium-bodied, layered, silky texture. The acidity is nicely integrated here, and this is just hard to resist. Drink it over the coming couple of years." -Wine Advocate 2015
"Buhler's 2011 Tabula Rasa-a field blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Blanc, and Macabeu and vinified in new and used 400-litre barrels-delivers fresh fennel, lime and pineapple in an effusively juicy yet caressingly soft, subtly creamy and enveloping show, with honeyed as well as cashew-and hazel nut-like undertones enhancing its sense of richness." Wine Advocate, February 2014
"Pungent orange and lime rind; saliva-inducing salinity; and crystalline mineral impingements all serve for counterpoint and set up an interactive finishing kinetics of almost electric intensity..." Wine Advocate #195, June 2011
"'Domaine des Enfants' 2009 Tabula Rasa offers what I have come to think of as classic aromas for Roussillon's top-notch mixed Grenache blends (here with Macabeu and Carignan Blanc): musky, bittersweet floral perfume; peach and pineapple; pungent citrus peel and fresh ginger; and piquant intimations of the mysterious sense of crystalline..." Wine Advocate #195, June 2011