Bright yellow in colour with vibrant citrus, pear and spice notes on the nose. The palate is full but extremely well balanced, with fresh Picpoul acidity and pure fruit flavours. The finish is long and mouthwatering, with complexity of stone fruit, spice and minerality.
Domaine La Croix Gratiot’s wines are wonderfully pure and expressive. They are now sealed under stelvin to preserve their delicate perfumes and freshness through to the glass. The 50-hectare La Croix Gratiot estate has been owned by brothers Yves and Hugues Ricome for over 30 years. After years of selling to the local co-operative, Yves started bottling his own wine in 2005, having built a new cellar in a converted barn in 2004. Today, Yves’ daughter Anaïs has taken charge after working for some time in New Zealand with consultant Matt Thomson. The vineyard covers 30 hectares in Montagnac in the Coteaux du Languedoc, the oldest vineyard area in France. Since 1996, the vineyard has been restructured and planted with the varieties best suited to the soil composition and microclimate. The Picpoul grapes are grown on a chalky plateau, with cool maritime breezes from the sea helping to moderate the climate and provide the ideal conditions for the development of their aromatic compounds and lively acidity. It is unusual to find a 100% Roussanne from this area, but Anaïs’ example, sourced from a 1.3-hectares vineyard, really shows the potential of the variety.