Laurus Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2016 Gabriel Meffre 13%
89 points Wine Spectator
40% Grenache Blanc 36% Viognier 20% Roussanne and 4% Bourboulenc
Laurus means Laurel in latin, a Roman symbol of excellence. Here excellence is all about “terroir”. The grapes are grown on plots Gabriel Meffre select for their ability to express the very best of each Appellation. The term “terroir” encompasses the soil, the aspect, the climate, the identity and the people of a specific place. The wine’s taste is a reflection of all those elements. The plots selected are in the Vaucluse and Gard departments. Stony alluvial terraces and pebbly clay soils. Fermentation in tank for the Roussanne and Viognier before being transferred into 275 litre oak barrels where it is aged for 6 months. The malolactic fermentation is blocked to retain natural acidity and freshness.
Classy Rhone whites are little known in the UK and many don’t leave the region due to their popularity with the locals but we should get to know and understand them for their generosity and gentle complexity. This has a sensitive touch of oak which delivers some cedar notes to the floral, white fruits, fennel and spice which suffuse both nose and palate. The palate is dry but rounded and smooth with rather nice rich tropical fruit nuances coupled with a touch of citrus freshness to brighten the finish. This is a lovely, balanced and interestingly complex wine, discovered as a less expensive alternative to a fine oaked Chardonnay, but with the concentration and depth delivered by the 25-40 year old vines.
“A lovely complex stylish well-made white wine” Clive Barlow MW
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|Grape Variety (ies)||Roussanne
|Food Accompaniment||Fresh Crab