Domaine Gourt de Mautens Blanc 2016 BIO
Clairette makes up the majority, but also Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Picardin, Picpoul Blanc and Picpoul Gris, as well as small parts from Marsanne and Roussanne. What does this specialty do in this wine now? Why is it so incredibly mineral? Usually, such a large proportion of Clairette is unable to express something like this white wine. But it is all. It is the single-pole education, the biodynamic processing, the tiny yield of a few little grapes. Well under 500 grams per plant, and then, together with the typical soil and deep roots, a Clairette / Grenache Blanc dominance makes it into a wine with a minerality that is hard to find. But we now know that too: some of the world's largest white wines are made from the low-quality Chenin Blanc grape variety. And so it is here too. The raw material can apparently perfectly reflect the work in the vineyard, the vines and the terroir. In addition, perfect, large burgundy wood. 1200 liter barrels. The 2016 shows the more profound approach in the nose. I did not think that 2015 can still be beaten, but in fact this year of the year on the southern Rhone once again manages to show greater freshness on the one hand. A freshness of white and yellow fruit. Also a great floweriness, but also a little sea buckthorn and kumquat, a little orange zest on the white pears and the white peach. Infinitely fine, slight trace of salt. The mouth entry can underline it incredibly well. A total harmony a peacefulness spreads. An immense calm of a wine that rests in itself and that is still infinitely long in the white fruit. Who never gets aggressive with the salt, but always remains present in his creamy, creamy. Again white peach, white and yellow pear, almost a hint of lychee. Infinitely long. Playful and dreamy. This wine can easily compete in the league of the best Corton Charlemagnes from Bonneau du Martray, which runs in the same direction. Make yourself happy and put it to the test in a large burgundy. He also easily beats the best Saint Pérays on the Rhone and can keep up with Hermitage in a different way. On the South Rhone with the relatively lush Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc, it has little difficulty anyway. Only a very mature Clos du Pape or the new Domaine Pegau Cuvee A Tempo play in the league of this, from my point of view, really incredibly beautiful wine. This is world class and 2016 is still a bit better than 2015. This is one of my absolute favorite wines.