Domaine des Lauriers
Lauriers has long been a favourite of ours, close to the oyster beds of the Bassin de Thau, and providing benchmark white wines for the shellfish that the area is famous for. They have recently converted their 45 hectares to Agriculture Raisonnée, which minimises the use of pesticides and concentrates on preserving the environment.
It was very frustrating not to visit them this Spring for the second year running because of the lockdown. Luckily we’ve managed to get samples of the new vintage and they are superb! We loved both cuvées of their Picpoul this year – so much so, that we have shipped them both. Their Viognier is a model of typicité and elegance in a grape variety that can be bland or oily. We were bowled over by their new Appellation white – the Cuvée Baptiste and we snapped up the opportunity to add this to our new shipment..
This family-run vineyard is situated in gently rolling countryside, near the delightful old Roman town of Pézenas, some 15 miles from Montpelier. The 45 hectare estate was founded in 1969, starting with just a few parcels of land, and the family have gradually purchased more vineyard land, as time has passed.
The vinification of their whites is at low temperature to preserve fruit flavours, and year after year they receive recognition for their efforts in the prestigious Guide Hachette. They frequently win Gold or Silver Medals at the Paris Wine Fair for their wines.
We have put together a Mixed Dozen, consisting of three bottles of each of –
Domaine des Lauriers, Classic Picpoul 2020
AOP Picpoul de Pinet
Classic Picpoul in name and style! This comes from a site with red, calcareous, gravelly soil.
Pale lemon/green in colour, there is a mouthwatering green, citrusy nose, which leads into a mouthful of racy ripe fruit with steely acidity and a lingering saline finish. Great aperitif or just add Moules Marinières! You can buy this for £9.90 elsewhere…
Domaine des Lauriers, Prestige Picpoul 2020
AOP Picpoul de Pinet
This cuvée comes from grapes on a different sandy, calcareous site.
There is a greener tinge to the colour. The nose is flinty and minerally. On the palate the fruit is more concentrated with an aromatic finish, a hint of refreshing spritz and a long aftertaste. This is Picpoul at it’s best.
Domaine des Lauriers, Viognier 2020
Marc makes one of our favourite Viogniers, and the 2020 is no exception
There is a gorgeous nose of honeysuckle and apricots. It has a silky texture with the alluring flavour of apricots. It is rich without being oily and there is an aromatic twist at the finish with a twist of lemon zest acidity.
Beautifully balanced, it is great as an aperitif, even better with Thai or Chinese food. Try it with cheeses for a real surprise!
Domaine des Lauriers, Cuvée Baptiste 2019
AOP Côteaux du Languedoc
This year we were very impressed with Marc’s latest venture – Cuvée Baptiste, a blend of Rolle, a noble grape variety in Provence (aka Vermentino) and Picpoul. The grapes are harvested at night to maintain freshness and acidity, and the two are vinified separately in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats before finally being blended together. They are aged on the lees in tank for six months before being bottled and released.
This is a fascinating wine that has benefited enormously from ageing on the lees. It is green in colour with aromas of honey and hawthorn flowers. On the palate it is rich and concentrated with flavours of white plum, a toastiness and added complexity from ageing on the lees. It finishes with gentle acidity and good length. Another great wine for shellfish and a star!