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Last night over dinner Sylvain Fadat, the winemaker and proprietor of Domaine d'Aupilhac surprised me with two new whites he's just finsihed making, just in time for next week's Vinisud in Lattes, France.
Sylvain popped the corks on his 2010 Vin De Pays Mont Baudile blanc and his 2011 Les Cocalieres Blanc. The Mont Baudile is a blend of one third each Grenache Blanc, Ugni Blanc and Chardonnay, and for me, is one of those wines that you just want to drink when you're having salad or fresh sushi. It's crisp, without being biting, and it's smooth without being sweet. The wine is much in line with those drinking the crisp wines from the Jura or Savoie in Frances eastern regions, but with a Southern flair. Think of the nice white Italians you find made from Tebbiano and you have the idea.
The surpirse though was the 2011 Les Cocalieres Blanc which has gone completely through malolactic fermentation already. The wine is still in it's evolving stage but well past being a barrel sample and will go through some bottle aging, but is it ever ready. Talk about an early maturing wine. This is one that will be worth hunting down at Vinisud to see how such a regal wine drinks so young. Made from a blend of Rolle, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne and Marsanne (each 25 percent apiece) the wine is something very special already.