Domaine des Lauriers
Lauriers has long been a favourite of ours, and it was very frustrating not to visit this Spring because of the lockdown. They have recently converted to Agriculture Raisonnée, which minimises the use of pesticides and concentrates on preserving the environment. Luckily we’ve managed to get samples of the new vintage and they are superb! Their Rolle is a great success in 2019 and the Viognier is very elegant. We loved both cuvées of their Picpoul this year so much that we have shipped them both!
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 Case of three bottles of each of –
Domaine des Lauriers, Rolle 2019
This year we were very impressed with Marc’s Rolle, a noble grape variety in Provence (aka Vermentino). I reckon it’s the best he’s ever made!
This is pale lemon in colour, with a very evocative nose of the garrigue – thyme and lavender. It is full of soft ripe fruit, with hints of pear and pineapple, and an enticing hint of wild herbs. There is an attractive aromatic twist at the finish, gentle acidity and refreshing spritz. A fraction of the price of many Proven Rolles. Delicious and perfect for charcuterie, BBQs and picnics.
Domaine des Lauriers, Classic Picpoul 2019
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 lemon/yeasty nose, while on the palate there is good concentration of racy ripe fruit with steely acidity and a lingering saline finish. Just add Moules Marinières!
Domaine des Lauriers, Prestige Picpoul 2019
AOP Picpoul de Pinet
This comes from a different sandy, calcareous site. There is a bit more of a green tinge to the colour. The nose is similar but grapier. On the palate the fruit is richer and more tropical and there is a more aromatic finish, a hint of refreshing spritz and a long aftertaste. Also superb with any sort of fish.
Domaine des Lauriers, Viognier 2019
Marc’s 2019 Viognier is a joy. There is a gorgeous nose of peach and apricots, which leads into a soft, elegant mouthful of apricot fruit. There is an aromatic twist at the finish with a twist of lemon zest acidity. Great as an aperitif, even better with Thai or Chinese food.