Languedoc Blanc, 2019. Les Petits Vignerons

Languedoc Blanc, 2019. Les Petits Vignerons

Item #: L0421W1IF
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Languedoc Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Languedoc, France
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Fresh Peach
Palate: Guava, Citrus
Finish: Very Clean
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Seafood, Vegetarian/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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The name here refers to the two small winemaking co-operatives who joined forces in order to have more production and marketing presence. Most co-operatives are large operations, but Fonjoya, producers of our selection, is much smaller, but no less impressive.

They were one of the first to make an impression with white wines in the Languedoc, nearly 40 years ago. Back then white wines were an oddity. But, many like them saw the potential with the rocky terrain and proximity to the ocean. Nevertheless, they were amazed at how their experimentation with white grapes was so successful.

Born out of these successes is our selection. It is comprised of 50% Grenache Blanc, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, and 14% Vermentino, also known as Rolle in France. Each adds its own uniqueness to the blend.

The grapes are picked and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. This allows the winemakers to keep adding to and subtracting from the blend to come up with exactly what they are looking for. In this case, they're taking advantage of the bright peach and guava flavors of the Grenache Blanc, the tartness and finish of the Sauvignon Blanc, and the luscious mid-palate of the Vermentino.

All together they make for a delicious plethora of flavors and textures with clean, fresh fruit taking center stage. This is followed by the citrus at the end, leaving your palate cleansed and ready for smoked mussels or shrimp scampi.