Domaine Ribiera Les Canilles 2019 (Clairette)
Clairette from Languedoc, one of the lesser known grapes that we see over here. its fermented on skins and comes out with a lovely orange hue! No additives or sulphur added to the wine.
Orange peel, ginger, lemon rind, mustard seeds, light Chinese tea notes. Dry wine, cloves, light star anise, unripe pomelo, cider notes and dried apples, very textural wine and great to enjoy over a meal and see how the wine develops as it warms up and changes over time.
in 2005, Regis and Christine Pichon quit their city life as sommeliers and wine buyers in busy Parisian restaurants and moved to the south of France to become vignerons in a very sleepy village called aspiran (Pezenas). Regis has an approach to vineyards and wine which is entire, whole, without compromise. Yet he is philosophically not a control freak, much more instinctive and happier to accept truths in the vineyard even where he doesn’t fully understand the cause. this approach shows his great humility. the Domaine holds 7 ha of vines on 2 distinct terroirs: marls (sandy clay on limestone) and Galets roulés (smooth rolled river stones). the vine stock includes some traditional and rare varieties, including Clairette, terret Blanc / Gris and Cinsault, plus some Grenache and Syrah. the vineyards are ploughed lightly early in the season, then wild native species are allowed to grow between rows to help with balance and harmony, including wild fennel, garrigue herbs and flowers.