Domaine de la Garance, Les Claviers Blanc 2008 (4/5)

A Blend of Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano, usually not the most exciting of white grapes), Chardonnay, Clairette and Grenache Gris sourced from a variety of different soils (Villafranchien, basalt, marl, gneiss, limestone, granite) in the Hérault sub-region of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Grapes are fermented in old demi-muids, not completely full, as the winemaker Pierre Quinonero seeks a lightly oxidative style. The wines are then longly aged on their lees before release on the market.

Tasting Notes:
It appears deep gold. On the nose it's clean offering, with medium+ intensity, lightly-oxidative notes of quince, noisette and barrel aged cider. Some floral notes as well. Creamy autolytic accents are coming fro the long maturation on lees. It's half a way between a white and an orange wine.
On the palate is a bit flat in terms of acidity, but it is sustained by a mineral verve and overall complexity that make this wine very much interesting. It gains richness and weight with time in the glass and it keeps evolving till the last drop. Challenging.
Medium+ alcohol, med+ body, medium flavour intensity and medium finish. 
Very good quality, Drink Now but can keep for several years, High Price, VdP de l'Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.


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