Clos des Grillons 1901 Blanc 2014
A rich and textural mouth-filling white wine from the Southern Rhone that came to Australia via Eric Pfifferling of L’Anglore. Winemaker Nicolas Renaud gave up his career as a university history teacher to work with old vines of the region and make some small quantities of some precious wines. Here Bourboulenc and Clairette make the kind of serious bottom heavy white we usually only see in the likes of oaked Chardonnay produced here.
Eight years of bottle age has done this wine well, the stonefruits have pulled back into the mix but there is salinity and a mellow integrated acidity keeping things together. A savoury wine to be savoured. Put this next to robust dishes like white meats and stews and serve at a slightly warmer temperature than fridge cold. Decant if you can, it will open up beautifully.
Region: Rhone Valley