Minervois "Naick" Domaine de l'Oustal Blanc, Lavinière 2014
Domaine de L’Oustal Blanc, Isabel et Claude Fonquerle, La Livinière (Organic)
Claude Fonquerle used to play rugby and his wines from Domaine l'Oustal Blanc represent his life: they are larger than life and if they could sing, they would do so with his marvellous, warm accent. Claude loves the Languedoc-Roussillon and works meticulously to produce unique, generous wines, which are living proof of the Languedoc’s immense potential. During the harvest, bunches are first selected in the vineyard and again berry by berry when they reach the cellar. The best cuvées are fermented in small open-top barrels, as in Priorat, resulting in extremely intense and rich, almost black wines, which need a few years to develop their potential.
Ripe, high-toned cherry and blackberry; exuberantly juicy; silken in texture; and with herbs and toasted nuts serving for counterpoint, this finishes with a saliva-inducing salinity. It may be quite different in varietal make-up from this estate's appellation Minervois wines, but as an example of seamless richness allied to levity and vibrancy.
Grape: 60% Cinsault, 20% Carignan, 10% Syrah, 10% Grenache