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 this year we preferred their Classic 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 2017
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, Classic Picpoul 2017
AOP Picpoul de Pinet
Lauriers Picpoul remains head and shoulders above the others that we tried this Spring, and this year we have chosen their Classic cuvée.
There is a green tinge to the colour, with a citrusy nose. On the palate there is great concentration of soft fruit, an aromatic finish, a hint of refreshing spritz and a long aftertaste.
It is superb with fish, especially shellfish, and resembles a good Chablis in style. Available elsewhere at £9.45…
Domaine des Lauriers, Cuvée Baptiste 2016
We have been following this new addition to the Cabrol family list for the past couple of years, and this year it is a dream!
Made from an interesting blend of 60% Vermentino and 40% Piquepoul (sic), the two varieties are vinified separately before being blended and then left on the lees for six months.
There is a mouthwatering nose of white flowers, grapefruit and bees wax, which leads into a creamy mouthful of concentrated fruit – flavours of apricot, lemon zest and white pepper abound. It finishes with a delightful bitter twist and racy acidity.
Guide Hachette awarded it the maximum of 3 stars in the 2018 guide – a fantastic triumph!