In a nutshell: Fresh, dry, aromatic white from the Languedoc made with the very rare Carignan Blanc variety.
The lowdown: There are less than 250 hectares of this rare Mediterranean grape left in existance and Olivier Coste has a tiny two hectare parcel by the sea near the village of Castelnau-de-Guers in the picturesque Languedoc region of South West France. Part of his 'Languedoc Stars' collection of wines that are all about a modern, fresh, fruit-forward interpretations of classic Mediterranean varieties made from old vines in a sustainable way. This vineyard benefits from cooling Mediterranean breezes allowing for balanced, natural acidity and a real freshness. This freshness is enhanced by harvesting at night and maturing in stainless steel tanks, which also preserves the wonderful aromas.
Clean and crisp floral aromas with citrus and stone fruit notes lead onto a dry, bright, medium-bodied palate with vibrant citrus fruit flavours complemented by touches of almond and a real flinty minerality running through the body of the wine.
When to drink: As the vineyard overlooks the Étang de Thau known for its oysters and mussels they make a perfect accompaniment.