2015 Clos des Augustins Les Bambins Blanc, Val de Monferrand IGP, France
This Languedoc white wine by Pic Saint Loup winery Clos des augustins is a blend of Roussane, Chardonnay, and Vermentino (Rolle).
Made by Fréderic Mezy, it comes under the long-named protected appellation of IGP Saint Guilhem le Désert – Val de Montferrand.
This Languedoc white comes in a bright lemon yellow color, with shiny gold hues, very vivid to look at.
It does smell very lively too, as the nose is filled with rich ripe stonefruit characters fresh apricot and juicy peach dominate. The aromatic profile is fruity and quite powerful, like a mixed stonefruit juice, with just a touch of vegetal and spiciness, like acacia leaves and white pepper, to lift it up and giving the smell a savory edge. It’s enjoyable indeed that it’s not all about the sweet fruit notes.
The palate reveals an oily body, with medium acidity. It’s acidic enough, but not crisp, rather oily and rich it feels.
Like on the nose, but even more intense, it’s a burst of ripe fruit flavors, dried pineapple, ripe mango, juicy peach and dried apricot and date. Pretty exuberant and extrovertly fruity in style.
Although dry, the fruitiness and indeed a touch of perceived sweetness make it feel slightly off-dry. Yes, it’s somewhat Muscat-like, though not as floral.
A touch of welcome bitterness, even saltiness to the finish relieves a little from this world of ripe fruit flavors.
A wine from the South (of France, where it comes from in Languedoc), it does feel like one, rich, powerful and fruity. Yet it’s dry and juicy, super-approachable and with the right amount of bitterness and saltiness to balance the richness out.
The whole makes for an easy-to-enjoy, easy-to-sip, and easy-to-enjoy white wine perfect for warm sunny days, and an easy pairing with any Mediterranean-type of sun-filled foods.