To celebrate the remaining weeks of one of the best summers in living memory, we’ve put together a mixed case of three mouthwatering Languedoc whites from the edge of the Mediterranean. Firstly, a new find – a crisp, racy white from the excellent Costières de Pomérols cooperative on the Bassin de Thau. Then, a new discovery – a summery Vermentino/Chardonnay blend from the splendid Château Raissac, near Béziers. Finally, there is an intensely fruity Grenache Blanc, the like of which we’ve never had before, from an old favourite in Cabardès in the foothills of the Pyrenees, Château Jouclary.
All three of them are delicious as aperitifs, with BBQs, salads, shellfish or in the garden!
A Mixed Case consists of 4 bottles of each of
Les Costières de Pomérols Gemme Blanc 2017
IGP Côtes de Thau
This delightfully fresh and zingy white is made from a blend of 50% Colombard and 50% Terret. The latter being a grape variety that was traditionally used to make white vermouth, and this is still used in the famous Noilly Prat from the neighbouring village of Marseillan.
Pale in colour, there is a leafy/herbaceous nose which leads into a full mouthful of gooseberry and greengage fruit, with a crisp citrus finish. A perfect quaffing white!
Château Raissac Vermentino/Chardonnay 2017
This is a careful blend of 70% Vermentino (aka Rolle in Provence whites), giving stone fruit character and 30% Chardonnay which adds a bit of weight and texture to the blend.
Pale green in colour, there is a lovely floral nose of hedgerows. With good fruit on the palate there are flavours of white peach and pineapple, and a crisp finish. Delicious easy drinking!
Château Jouclary NORE Grenache Blanc 2017
What a surprise this wine is! This vineyard is named after the dramatic Pic de Nore, the highest point of the dramatic Montagne Noire. Pascal lost 50% of his crop to hail in this vintage, reducing the yields from the usual 50hl/ha to a mere 12 hl/ha. The resulting concentration is extraordinary.
It has a honeyed, floral nose. On the palate it is bursting with lush stone fruit flavours – especially apricot – and finishes with a bitter twist of aniseed and just enough balancing acidity.