Wonderful Whites from Domaine des Lauriers!

£93.90

A Mixed Case consist of three bottles of each of –
Domaine des Lauriers, Classic Picpoul de Pinet 2020 –  £7.75
Domaine des Lauriers, Prestige Picpoul de Pinet 2020 –  £7.95
Domaine des Lauriers, Viognier 2020  –  £8.10
Domaine des Lauriers, Chardonnay/Viognier 2019 –  £7.50

 

Description

Domaine des Lauriers

Image - Version 2Lauriers’ vines

 

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..

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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.

 

Marc Cabrol


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
IGP d’Oc
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 Chardonnay/Viognier 2019
IGP d’Oc
From our favourite Picpoul producer near Pézenas, Marc Cabrol produces a delicious Chardonnay with a difference – the judicious addition of some Viognier.
Pale lemon in colour.  On the nose there are hints of honeysuckle, which lead into a satisfying mouthful of melon and mango fruit, a creamy texture and a hint of vanilla at the finish.  Slips down a treat!