On the edge of the Lac de Salagou, the Domaine de Malavieille sits in dramatic landscape of extinct volcanic soil. Here they grow a selection of unusual white varietals – Grenache Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Viognier, Roussane, Vermentino, Chenin Blanc, Terret Bourret, Carignan Blanc and Petit Manseng. Eric Suply the gifted winemaker, whose roots are in Burgundy, uses this rich palate of grapes to craft some extraordinary white wines using biodynamic methods.
The Offer consists of two bottles of each of these three wines –
Domaine de Malavieille La Boutine 2014
IGP Pays d’Oc
Chenin Blanc, a grape which is much better known in the Loire Valley or more recently in South Africa, makes up the majority of this blend. Here the yields are a staggeringly low 18hl/ha (normal : 50hl/ha). Eric has used all his Burgundian expertise, to blend the Chenin with 10% Chardonnay with a touch of Viognier. The resulting blend is then aged in large Burgundian barrels for 12 months, of which only 10% is new.
There is an expensive toasty nose with floral undertones, which leads into rich, concentrated, complex, honeyed mouthful with flavours of dried fruits, finishing with mineral acidity and great length.
You’d have to pay double this price to get a White Burgundy of this complexity. It ages extremely well – we recently enjoyed a delicious bottle of the magnificent 2005 from our first shipment!
Domaine de Malavieille Alliance Blanc 2014
AOP Côteaux du Languedoc
This delightful Languedoc appellation white is made from 85% Roussanne and 10% Grenache Blanc and 5% Viognier, gently oaked in Burgundian barrels.
It has a beguiling nose of white flowers and honeysuckle with toasty notes. This leads into an elegant mouthful of apricot and peach, which is underpinned by hints of honey, followed by vibrant minerality and great length.
Another wine of fantastic quality for this price.
Domaine de Malavieille Petits Dragons NV
Vin de France
This truly unique wine is made from Petit Menseng, which is more usually found in the wines of Jurançon, blended with some Chenin Blanc. Because Petit Manseng is not permitted within the appellation, the wine has to be classified as a simple Vin de Table. It is far from simple in any other respect!
The yields are very low and the grapes are picked at optimal ripeness, to enhance the concentration and flavour. The wine is vinified in egg-shaped fermenters and the results are superb.
It has a ripe, honeyed nose, which leads into a concentrated mouthful of exotic, tropical fruit salad flavours and honey. There is excellent acidity balancing the richness of the fruit, and it finishes very long.
We were only able to secure a small allocation of this highly acclaimed wine.