Didier Barral, a man of conviction, began running the estate in 1990, in search of authentic expressions of its soil. Helped by his brother Jean-Luc, this obstinate winemaker has created a culture of fashion to respect the ecosystem, to promote interactions between the plant and animals and enhance immunity of the vine.
The result is an incredibly elegant full-bodied white with character, energy and complexity. The appearance is clear, med amber with a golden reflex.
On the nose needs a good 15mins to open up to reveal the notes of orange peel, dried apricot, hay, tropical fruits. The palate reveals a great freshness balanced well by the acidity, adding some initial citrus notes developing into more complex flavours as caramel, honey and candied citrus, a slight oxidation and a good minerality tingling in the mouth.
A special occasion wine.
Producer Domaine Leon Barral
Origin Faugeres, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grapes a blend of Terret Gris and Blanc (80% of the mix) with Viognier and Roussanne
Alcohol 14% ABV
Style Full body well structured macerated white
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking 3-4 weeks skin maceration. Fermentation takes place in cement vats with natural yeasts without temperature control. The must is not raked (debourage) which gives the wine tannic characteristics. Further malolactic in barrels 1/3 new and 2/3s first and second use. No filtration or fining and no SO2 added
Notes Biodynamic, Natural, Organic