Domaine Jousset Exilé Blanc 2018
A blend of Chenin Blanc, Ugni Blanc & Colombard.
'How do you make a wine taste like Loire Valley Chenin from the South West of France ? No idea ! But here it is. (Hint - the high altitude limestone plateau of Limoux, above Carcasson must have something to do with it)
The Outsiders - Exilé
Exilé is the Jousset’s answer to a real climate problem. If you’ve followed the vineyard news over the past decade, you would know that different parts of the north of France have suffered tragic crippling spring frost more than every second vintage. Montlouis-sur-Loire is the Gold Prize Winner on this less than honorable leaderboard. I have had many low moments speaking with Lise & Bertrand in April, as they begin to digest the reality that their year’s work ahead will be for little to no fruit.
Friends to the rescue ! Lise & Bertrand never dropped their shovels (almost, but never entirely). With the help of like minded organic/biodynamic growers in France, near and far, they developed a micro-negotiant arm as a complement to their vineyards, especially for the frosty years - Exilé was born. Here, the Jousset team do all the same work, from late season decisions, to harvesting and wine making. They are always super excited to do this work, as it provides the community connection sometimes lacking in a lonely Montlouis vineyard, but also the challenge to find grapes that will deliver the Jousset style, but from sometimes less familiar grape varieties or climates.'
- Virtuous Vine