Wine Review of 2016 Ollier Taillefer Faugères Allegro Blanc, Languedoc, France
Allegro is a white wine from the Languedoc wine region, the Faugères AOP appellation more specifically, blend of Rolle (a grape variety also known as Vermentino wine) and Roussanne, vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks.
It is also, notably, a certified organic wine.
This Languedoc white comes in a rather intense lemon-yellow and straw color, shining with gold hues. Quite an evolved color for a 2016 wine. The wine seemed to have gone about half-way through the cork already, so perhaps this very bottle I tasted had seen a little more oxygen than normal.
The nose though, seems fine, featuring lively apricot and fresh peach aromas, with an elderflower floral edge and a wealth of honey. Waxy tones do suggest a little premature oxidation there. But still, the wine smells interesting, fruity, floral, and spicy.
The palate is round and oily, dry with a good crispy acidity underlining zesty lemon flavors. Orange peel and apple complete the profile of a lively fruity white, that also bursts with ginger, fresh hazelnut and delicate spices such as nutmeg cinnamon.
Smooth and generous a texture, that leads to a relatively layered finish, full of honey, sour dough brioche and caramelized spicy goodness, somewhat like a ginger bread aftertaste.
A pleasing and very satisfying dry white wine, notably filled with ripe stonefruit and citrus goodness, deepened by many spices and toasted nuts. Generous and quite opulent, well balanced between oily body, sweet fruity characters, and a precise acidity.