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 Prestige 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, Rolle 2018
This year we were very impressed with Marc’s Rolle, a noble grape variety in Provence (aka Vermentino), and we had to have some!
This is pale lemon in colour and full of ripe fruit, with hints of pear and pineapple. There is an attractive aromatic twist at the finish and gentle acidity. A fraction of the price of many Provence Rolles. Delicious and perfect for charcuterie, BBQs and picnics.
Domaine des Lauriers, Chardonnay/Viognier 2018
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 2018
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 Prestige 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…