2016 Grande Cuvée Blanc, Domaine de l'Hortus, Languedoc, France
Made from 70% Chardonnay (aged for 8 months in oak) and 30% Viognier, the Grande Cuvee Blanc is a classy wine with great intensity of flavour and lots of complexity. Stunning. 12.5% ABV.
Domaine de l’Hortus is owned by the Orliac family, headed up by Jean and Martin, one of the first people to realise the potential of this area. Jean first rented vines in 1978 and planted his own vines between the two peaks of the region, the Pic St Loup and the Montagne de l’Hortus. In total, they now have 55 hectares of vines, split over two sites. The main vineyard area is near the winery with a cooler microclimate. The second vineyard area is situated at Clos St Jean.