Pale but bright, this wine has intense fruity aromas with hints of apricots and peaches, that continue through to the juicy fruity palate. The delicious fresh finish is long and scented, with stone fruit and citrus complexity.
The 2015 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of Provence (see blue link below). The 2015 vintage has alas now run out, but key component analysis of the two vintages shows them to be very similar - the 2016 has merely yet to be subject to review by Decanter!
Since purchasing the estate in 1975, Comte Henri de Saint-Victor and family have been producing some of the most seductively aromatic and nobly structured wines in all of Southern France.
This celebrated white - 45% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 25% other - is aged in large oak casks after a long, slow fermentation, giving a wine of considerable body and geat flavour integration.
It is mellow and vinous and develops a wonderful freshness that delights the palate, accentuated with flavours of white flowers (jasmine, lime flowers and hawthorn) and fruits (such as pear and peach). It has a almost savoury-salty finish.
It is additionally suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
It's on our Christmas List because.... it does everything that a fine, rich white Burgundy does without the cost. It's wonderfully rich and creamy: a "mock Mersault", if you will. If only a real white Burgundy will cut it for you, we suggest the excellent-value Rully from Ponsot or the Santenays from Antoine Olivier (see below).
Maison Louis Latour is one of the most innovative producers in Burgundy whilst maintaining its traditional image. In 1979, with a view to expanding the business, the valley of the Ardèche river with its clay and limestone-based soils was chosen as the ideal location to produce top-quality Chardonnay wines.
The Grand Ardèche comes from the best vineyards, carefully selected every year when harvesting begins. The grapes are pressed and the must is placed immediately in oak barrels made by the cooperage at Latour, where the wine will age for approximately 10 months, like the great wines of Burgundy.
The Grand Ardeche is made traditionally in oak barrels and undergoes complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for 8 to 10 months in oak barrels (20% new) which are from the Louis Latour cooperage, made of French oak and are medium toasted.
All the flavour and almost all the complexity of a Meursault for a third of the price! Oak-aged for 10 months, the wine has a clear, golden-yellow colour and a powerful, elegant bouquet of vanilla, exotic fruits, honey and subtle spices. Wonderfully rounded and fleshy on the palate, it displays honey and gingerbread flavours that persist in the mouth.
Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Category (IGP Languedoc-Roussillon White) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).
This wine is bright with green and gold tones. There are aromas and flavours of intense peaches and apricots as well as hints of honeysuckle and lemon verbena. It has a long finish which has mineral nuances. This wine does benefit from being decanted or allowed to breath and goes perfectly with white meat in sauce, fish and cheese. This wine will drink well for at least 5 years.
Citrus aromas from a fresh young wine with light green fruits and a clean, zesty crispness.
A light, crisp blend from Alain Gayrel made with fresh, vibrant grape varieties. This is an excellent aperitif wine, that will also match gracefully light dishes such as chicken salads. Excellent value for money, and a wine that very much over-delivers on its name (Pinard is the French name for 'plonk'!).
Punchy, fresh gooseberry aromas with a lingering, clean citrus fruit finish.
Aromatic on the nose with hints of green apples and Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. On the palate it has good weight of fruit and beautifully balanced acidity that gives the wine a long fresh crisp finish.
Vibrant and zesty, with the classic sauvignon nose of gooseberries and a hint of tropical fruit on the light bodied, crisp, unoaked palate.