Domaine de La Réserve d’O ‘Blanc’ Saint Guilhem Le Desert IGP 2020
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The Reserve d'O Blanc is made from a single acre parcel that is co-planted with Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. The parcel is harvested in one pass with all grapes pressed together and co-fermented, a technique combining different ripeness across the varieties to add detail and intrigue. Clever. Ageing is between amphora and cigar-shaped, Didier Dageneau inspired French oak. The wine is beguiling, full of yellow fruits, crushed spice and energy. Stunning and wildly unique, it is a dream for textured white wine lovers.
Certified organic and biodynamic. 34% Chenin, 33% Roussanne, 33% Grenache Blanc on very stony clay-limestone at 400 m. Hand-picked, spontaneous fermentation, direct pressing, traditional fermentation, no additives. Aged in stainless steel, amphora and a new, 320-litre cigar-shaped barrel. Low sulphites at bottling.
"Spicy apricots on the nose. A wine that fills the mouth, unfolding and turning, catching the light, flavours playing like sunlight on rippling water. Golden Delicious apple, cinnamon, dried apricots, tangy strawberries. Wonderful spiciness, soft tobacco-leaf notes, ground coriander. So very complex that it's actually quite difficult to describe. But it is an extraordinarily beautiful wine with depth, breadth and purpose." - Tamlyn Curry, Jancis Robinson.