Freshness may not necessarily be a cool-climate prerogative; and many vines are doing just fine as temperatures rise.
Climate change is complex, multi-faceted and may not look like what we we think it looks like. This is becoming increasingly obvious to me in the wines that I taste. The one-dimensional story that is being broadly rolled out is that marginal wine regions are becoming cool-climate wine regions, cool climates are moving into the moderate zones, moderate becomes warm, warm becomes hot, hot climates stop making wine. Hence, England the new Champagne, Norway the new England, Burgundy – perhaps – the new Rhône?
In the Languedoc, freshness heroes include Domaine Begude, Famille Fabre, Aubert et Mathieu, Mas Combarèla and Mas des Brousses.
Full bottle 1,272 g. Certified Ecocert organic. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc vinified on fine lees.
Thyme, gorse and hawthorn blossom. Pears, grainy pear-skin texture, granite dust. An elegant, quietly composed, beautifully rendered expression of white Corbières. Fine acidity leading to a long, sure finish. (TC)