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2018 Margalh Blanc, Domaine Bassac

2018 Margalh Blanc, Domaine Bassac
ref. BASS181

Wine Varieties: (Unusually for The Daily Drinker, this wine is a blend of varieties.)
Clairette - A very ancient southern French grape, the name of which could refer to the pale indumentum on the underside of Clairette's leaves. It is one of the many permitted varieties in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and is frequently used for freshening blends. 
Grenache Blanc - Grenache, like Pinot Noir, is prone to mutation and known "sports" include this, the white version, a pink-skinned version and a plant with hairy undersides to its leaves. Genetically these are all identical, something acknowledged in the laws of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where Grenache Blanc is not considered a separate variety. 
Muscat - The Muscat "family" is a large one and is comprised of grapes of various colours, often entirely unrelated. Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains is thought to be the elder statesman of the true Muscats and was mentioned in texts as early as the twelfth century. Its origins could lie in either Greece or Italy, since its various offspring litter both countries. There are black, pink and red skinned mutations of this variety.

Wine Region: The Languedoc lies in south central France. Taking in the three départments of Aube, Hérault and Gard, it stretches from the Rhône in the east to the Roussillon (with which it is often associated) in the west. Here are planted something like a quarter of all French vineyards and much of the wine produced here is non-AC. Residents of the region at one time spoke Occitan, hence the name Langue d'Oc. 

Wine Producer: Domaine Bassac work 80 hectares of vineyards not far from Béziers. The domaine having been split between nine familial heirs, it was sold, only to be bought back by François Delhon, who holds equal share with Philippe Leca. 

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Style
Style:
Dry White - fruity
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Clairette
  Producer
Producer:
Domaine Bassac
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
9°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
12%
  Country
Country:
France
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
2020
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
75cl
  Region
Region:
Languedoc
  Colour
Colour:
Still White
  Food
Food:
  • Aperitif
  • Canapés
  • Cheese
  • Fish
  • Salads

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

A nice thing to look at in the glass: a positive, pale lemon hue. And one can smell that it has some Muscat in it when one smells it. It has that ginger-and-grape aroma that combines with a floral note to make it a very tempting prospect. The palate is delicious, too, showing a softness of fruit and structure. Peachiness combines with a hint of lightly saline minerality to keep one returning to the glass. Perfect garden wine!

#3wordtastingnote: floral, peach, spice

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