Domaine des Lauriers
Some of you will remember the excellent whites from the Domaine des Lauriers. We shipped their lovely wines for several years about 10 years ago. Revisiting them this Spring, we were pleasantly surprised by the changes that have occurred. They have converted to Agriculture Raisonnée, which minimises the use of pesticides and concentrates on preserving the environment. Not surprisingly we discovered that their wines have become even better! In particular, we love their Picpoul, a Mediterranean grape variety, which we have shipped every year for over 15 years, and now there is a choice of the new Prestige cuvée in addition to the Classique cuvée.
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.
These three whites are quite unique in their flavours and a must if you have never tried any of them!
We have put together a Mixed Case of four bottles of each of –
Domaine des Lauriers, Chardonnay/Viognier 2016
This delicious 50:50 blend Chardonnay/Viognier blend has a delicate floral/honeysuckle nose. The palate is bursting with mouth-filling apricot and peach flavours.
It combines the best of Viognier, with the Chardonnay adding weight to the mid palate. Amazingly commercial – everyone will love this wine!
Domaine des Lauriers, Prestige Picpoul 2016
AOP Picpoul de Pinet
Lauriers Picpoul is head and shoulders above the others that we tried this Spring, and this year we have chosen their superb new Prestige cuvée. The fossil terroir of this special cuvée adds more complexity and depth.
There is a green tinge to the colour, with a citrusy, yeasty mouth-watering nose. On the palate there is great concentration, lovely mouthfeel, racy acidity and a long mineral aftertaste.
It is superb with fish, especially shellfish, and resembles a good Chablis in style. Available elsewhere at £9.45…
Domaine des Lauriers, Viognier 2016
The Viognier is best known for the fabled wines of Condrieu in the Northern Rhône. The Cabrol family were one of the pioneers of this grape variety in the Mediterranean region, and it is now widely planted in the Languedoc. We bought their first vintage and we were equally bowled over by their 2016 during this recent visit.
You’re greeted by a superb honeysuckle nose, while the palate there is a soft, gentle texture with subtle apricot flavours and a fresh herbaceous edge. It has finishes with gentle acidity with good length. Delicately floral, elegant and made with a light touch – this is archetypal Viognier! Available elsewhere at £9.95…