Vin de Pays de la Vicomté d’Aumelas, Languedoc, France; 13% ABV
imported by Global Wine Co., San Rafael, CA
$4 at the Oakland, CA, store on 7 July
This wine is one of a bunch that came in to the Oakland store from Global Wine Company imports. It is currently listed for $10 for Williams-Sonoma wine club members. Their web site states:
This blend comes from Château Haut-Blanville, an estate not far from the coast, near Montpellier. Parisians Bernard and Beatrice Nivollet bought the property in 1997 and completely renovated it. Haut-Blanville’s vines are planted on several terroirs; Les Peyrals is on chalky, pebbly ground on a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean. A variety of flora surrounds the vineyard, including fig, pine and olive trees as well as wild-growing herbs like thyme, rosemary and savory. A mineral-tinged Grenache Blanc makes a base for this compelling white, with Chardonnay offering body and suppleness and Sauvignon Blanc providing aromatics.
I think it’s a pleasant and quite nice wine for $4 at the GO.
At first opening, this wine seemed rather thin, tart, and minerally. With a little time, this opened to a modestly elegant wine showing medium-intense flavors of yellow melon / slight honeysuckle, lemon, austere white peach with some pit bitterness, and still some minerality. It’s neither tremendously compelling nor just a totally simple quaffer, but rather an easy drink that has some complexity if you’re interested in paying attention.
The next day, I think what it might have lost in elegance is easily made up for in fruit-forwardness and more overt complexity. Maybe less elegant, but more yummy!