Description/ Tasting NotesRipe white fruit and subtle floral/spice notes, plus structure and balance.
Winery Info/ Brand
Our southern France expert has outdone himself with this discovery. Valade is crafted by Marion Paux-Rosset, his father, Jean, and famed consultant Claude Gros. They’re the team behind iconic Château Negly, aka the first estate in the Languedoc to achieve critic Robert Parker’s coveted 100-point score. The grapes grow in a special vineyard in the tucked-away region of La Clape (more below), and have produced a gorgeous white. Look forward to ripe white fruit, honeysuckle, and a hint of nuttiness.
Region Info/ Origin
The wine produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon region ranges from crisp white wines to juicy red wines. One of the focal points of the area is Carignan – which is rarely a priority in other regions. Despite this grape variety’s rocky reputation, it has proven to do exceedingly well in Languedoc-Roussillon. Additionally, the infamous Grenache has come forward; adapting well to the area’s climate. Along with the Grenache, other Rhone varieties have settled in the area, including Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. As for the whites, significant amounts of Marsanne, Roussanne, Piquepoul Blanc,Clairette and Rolle is seen in different areas. Stylistically, the red blends of the Languedoc-Roussillon are generally more fruit-driven and are known to be drinkable within the first few years, unlike other red blends from the Bordeaux region, for instance. Along with the white and red wines, these varieties are also used to make rosé wines, sparkling wines and even fortified wines.