Situated in the foothills of the Terrasses de Larzac, the 32 hectares of vines of the Domaine de Malavieille stretch out into the inhospitable landscape of deep red basalt, created 250 million years ago by the eruptions from an extension of the volcanic chain of the Massif Central, on the edge of the Lac de Salagou.
Five generations of vignerons have worked the land since 1881, and currently the Bertrand family run the vineyard. Recently they have employed Eric Suply, a young winemaker from Meursault in Burgundy, to inject new life into their wines, and he has been winning awards and medals on a regular basis ever since. He works with seven different grape varieties – some of which are rarely, if ever, found in the Languedoc – to great effect, tapping into his experience in Burgundy to create new styles and subtle nuances in his wines, and in the process clearly setting them aside from the more conventional wines of his neighbours. In recent years the Bertrand family have moved towards organic wine making and they have recently achieved Biodynamique status, a process which avoids pesticides and chemicals in the vineyard, using only natural products.
These biodynamic wines show great purity and individuality and we are offering a Mixed Case of 12 bottles of
Domaine de Malavieille La Boutine 2014 – 2 bottles
IGP Pays d’Oc
Chenin Blanc, a grape which is much better known in the Loire Valley or more recently in South Africa, makes up the majority of this blend. Here the yields are a staggeringly low 18hl/ha (normal : 50hl/ha). Eric has used all his Burgundian expertise, to blend the Chenin with 10% Chardonnay with a touch of Viognier. The resulting blend is then aged in large Burgundian barrels for 12 months, of which only 10% is new.
There is an expensive toasty nose with floral undertones, which leads into rich, concentrated, complex, honeyed mouthful with flavours of dried fruits, finishing with mineral acidity and great length.
You’d have to pay double this price to get a White Burgundy of this complexity. It ages extremely well – we recently enjoyed a delicious bottle of the magnificent 2005 from our first shipment!
Domaine de Malavieille Alliance Blanc 2014 – 2 bottles
AOP Côteaux du Languedoc
This delightful Languedoc appellation white is made from 85% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc and 5% Viognier, gently oaked in Burgundian barrels.
It has a beguiling nose of white flowers and honeysuckle with toasty notes. This leads into an elegant mouthful of apricot and peach, which is underpinned by hints of honey, followed by vibrant minerality and great length.
Another wine of fantastic quality for this price.
Domaine de Malavieille Petits Dragons NV – 2 bottles
Vin de France
This truly unique wine is made from Petit Menseng, which is more usually found in the wines of Jurançon, blended with some Chenin Blanc. Because Petit Manseng is not permitted within the appellation, the wine has to be classified as a simple Vin de Table. It is far from simple in any other respect!
The yields are very low and the grapes are picked at optimal ripeness, to enhance the concentration and flavour. The wine is vinified in egg-shaped fermenters and the results are superb.
It has a ripe, honeyed nose, which leads into a concentrated mouthful of exotic, tropical fruit salad flavours and honey. There is excellent acidity balancing the richness of the fruit, and it finishes very long.
We were only able to secure a small allocation of this highly acclaimed wine.
Domaine de Malavieille Alliance Rouge 2013 – 3 bottles
AOP Côteaux du Languedoc – Terrases du Larzac
This made from 90% Syrah, which grows on the volcanic basalt soil to develop its characteristic terroir flavour, and is harvested at night to maintain its freshness. It is blended with a little Grenache and Mourvèdre for complexity, and then spends 12 months ageing gently in old oak barrels.
The results are fabulous! Deep in colour, it has an expensive Northern Rhône-style nose of ripe vanilla-tinged fruit. On the palate it is ripe, with flavours of plum and cherry, a velvety texture, lovely concentration and balance, gentle tannins and a great mineral aftertaste.
Wonderful now, but it will age beautifully over the next five years.
Mas de Bertrand Le 5 Saint Saturnin 2012 – 3 bottles
AOP Languedoc Saint Saturnin
From their new vineyard near the adjacent village of Saint Saturnin, this characterful red is made from 90% Carignan – these vines have an 80 year average age! There is 5% Grenache and 5% Syrah to complete the assemblage.
Medium in colour, it shows some garnet hues of age at the rim. The inviting nose is complex with hints of wild herbs, game and minerals. On the palate it is bursting with damson flavours, herbs and mineral/terroir finish.
It cries out for a gigot of lamb with rosemary!
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