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2007 Terre d’Argence Blanc, Domaine Mourgues du Gres, VdP du Gard

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I try to dig more and more into those Southern French whites. I might be wrong but they seem to catch up to the classy Rhône whites real quick; well at least you definitely get some more bang for your buck it seems. Here’s a white cuvée of Viognier and Roussanne by Domaine Mourgues du Gres from Beaucaire which is roughly located between Nîmes and Arles, thus not that far from the big Rhône whites.

The wine shows intense in its light-golden color. The nose also has a nice amplitude with notes of citrus, cantaloupe and grapefruit coming with a mineral element. There’s also a certain smokiness or flintiness in it as well as something fizzy. A very appealing scent.

With the first sip we know we have a heavweight of a white wine here, true to its Southern roots with a nice oily, viscous texture taking over your palate. It shows a lively minerality but on the other side displays a strong bitterness. And albeit some appealing spice notes are mixed to it, this bitterness reaches into the long finish and is one main aspect of the wine. After some time though it becomes a bit more discrete and the smoky mineral and slightly salty elements of the wine increase in intensity. Here and there the cantaloup fruit we caught in the nose flashes up, but not consistently. The finish is quite long and also shows some plump alcohol heat.

A wine I would acknowledge 85-87 points. It would score much more if the bitterness wouldn’t be so prominent.

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PS: funny how the back-label had to be tipp-exed because it was in a higher classified appellation :P

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