White wines from Southern France aren’t only light summer wines. Such as Rhône wines they can be aromatic and powerful, simply outstanding. So naturally I didn’t hesitate to bring back 2 wines from Montpellier when I stopped there this summer, trusting the recommendations of a wineshop owner in the city. Finally I got the opportunity to open them.
2007 Les Mûriers, Mas Bruguière
Mas Bruguière is located in the Pic Saint Loup region near Montpellier. Their white wine Les Mûriers is made of 80% Rousanne and 20% Marsanne. It has an intense straw colour, slight tangerine fruit in the nose, also mild lime, maybe some fennel seeds. On the palate it seems iodic and has a powerful feel reminding Condrieu wines. At the same time it is marked by an oily texture giving the wine richness without making it heavy. There is a slightly bitter acidity reminding olives which transitions into fennel sweetness in the finish. A nice wine, very intense and powerful at the same time with Southern French aromatics but never appearing too heavy. Anytime again!
Domaine de la Prose Grande Cuvée Blanc 2006
Domaine de la Prose is also located in the AOC Côteaux Du Languedoc area, but rather South West of Montpellier. Their white wine “Les Embruns” is also a cuvée, this time made of Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. It has an intense, nearly golden colour with bronze reflections. The nose reveals an oxidized kind of style, but this impressions diminishes as the wine opens up revealing notes of raisins and Pastis in a more and more intense and evelopping way. It develops with hints of Rum-marinated and Pastis-marinated raisins, maybe some Grand Marnier, after a while pure green apple shows up.
An oily texture is caressing the palate and transporting multiple aromas. There is citrus fruit such as pomelos or grapefruit, again raisins and a nice herbal freshness. Unfortunately an alcohol note is also perceptible, but doesn’t bother that much considering all the other sensations that are offered. The wine itself feels smooth and charismatic at the same time and shows lots of deepness. The finish is marked by a very long lasting pastis-like anise taste and a fresh herbal note. The alcohol burns a little bit, but again, it doesn’t bother me much in this wine since all in all it is outstanding, way above 90 points on my scale.
I really like those powerful charismatic whites from the South of France or the Rhône region. What is also nice about them is that they have enough weight and deepness to them, that they are appropriate even in the winter time and can accompany many types of food.