Clos de la Barthassade "Les Cargadous" 2018
Chenin Blanc/Roussanne｜Pays d'Herault
Extremely limited white cuvée from the oldest plots of their terraced hillside in the Pays d'Herault, southern France.
This is a PERFECT Thanksgiving wine, but it's in such short supply that we had to act quickly to acquire it before it disappeared. Plus, it absolutely bowled us over with Thai basil curry and shrimp on a balmy weekend night recently. We're in love and couldn't wait!
Rich tones of honeysuckle, green melon rind, and white flowers overtake the nose, with a dry, lanolin-suffused finish evocative of its rocky soil provenance. Delicious.
Run by wife-and-husband team Hélène and Guillaume Baron, Clos de la Barthassade is tucked high into the hills near Montpeyroux in the region known as Pays d'Herault, in southern France. The soils here, particularly at this estate, are caillottes – huge chunks of bone-white Oxfordian limestone. Evidence of winemaking in the Languedoc goes back to 500 B.C.! Every single practice at this estate is organic and natural, respecting the abundant biodiversity and decades of history that came before them.
Until recently, most of their wine was mostly consumed in the immediate region or made it only so far as Paris, where it was served in boutique natural wine bars by discerning sommeliers.
A white to rival the best of the Loire, like a rich Vouvray, juicy, ripe, and rich with a pleasing sense of place and loads of terroir.
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