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Domaine La Grave, Blanc, IGP Hauts de Badens, 2011
Lively, bright scented nose. Bags of ripe fruit character, with lemon zest and a note of something more tropical. Rounded and easy drinking. Finishes clean and dry. Now-2013
Owned by the Orosquette family, and named after the gravelly soil on the Etang de Marseillette, Château La Grave lies in the south-western part of the Minervois, now known as Les Balcons de l’Aude. This year the white Vin de Pays impressed, another take on the blend of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc with local varieties. The unusual Expression white is based (80%) on a parcel of old vine Maccabeu, with Vermentino and Marsanne,
which makes for a surprisingly weighty wine at the price. Their Expression rosé, made largely from Syrah with Grenache, is always a real charmer, and is our best-selling rosé year after year. Tristan et Julien, named after a son and cousin here, is from about half and half Syrah and Grenache.