Les Traverses Blanc 2020
A Wine That
is all about freshness and brightness — an enigma of sorts — a light wine from a hot place. From beautiful old bush vines tended lovingly by its maker, this is like tasting a little sliver of almost-lost Languedoc history. Mainly from the _Listan _grape (Palomino), this is salty, savoury and oh-so moreish. Drink it with seafood or mushrooms and marvel at how well it accompanies umami flavours.
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- Winemaker: Domaine de Courbissac
Where and How?
This comes from the Minervois appellation of the Languedoc, southern France, from 70+-year-old vines of Listan and 70+-year-old vines of Terret Gris. The vines are planted at 250m elevation, on clay-limestone soils and tended organically — and gently — by Brunnhilde Claux.
The whole bunches were pressed directly, after which the juice was put into the historical concrete tanks of the property where it fermented naturally and aged.
The southern French Languedoc region is home to a swathe of old vineyards, and hence incredibly diverse vine material. Before the boom of what would become known as ‘international’ varieties (such as Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon), the region was celebrated for varieties such as Grenache, Terret Gris, Cinsault and even Listan (Palomino). These days, the region is slowly but surely undergoing a rebirth; rediscovering its roots; and these varieties are finally being given the limelight they deserve. Through the dedication and hard graft of growers such as Brunnhilde Claux of Domaine de Courbissac, the wine world’s focus is turning to these old vines and lesser-known historical varieties.
“These vines, they’re our patrimony. They’re a true gift. It’s almost unimaginable! They’re amazing. Free standing vines, without wire… to be pruning these 80-year-old treasures, well… these are very special moments.”