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Mas Cristine Le Grill White Cotes du Roussillon 2017

 
Country: France
Region: Roussillon
Type: White
Producer: Mas cristine
Grape: Vermentino, Macabeu
Bottle Size: 75cl
Vintage: 2017

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Tasting Notes

This is new addition to our lineup up (just our second vintage), but a delicious one. A mix of Macabeu and Vermentino (about 60/40), this cuvée is usually reserved for local customers only, so Swig are lucky to get a hold of it. A fresh and fun white that provides more mouthfeel and complexity than its peers. There’s a bit of white peach, yuzu citrus, and a more-ish fleshiness to the palate. In so many ways, this is the first wine we make every year. During lunch, between grapes coming in (by this point it’s usually Syrah for Mas Cristine Rouge), we will taste the tanks of white that have finished their ferment, and come up with the blend. It’s revelatory: liquid that had been just juice a couple of weeks before suddenly, for the most part, a wine in its own right. The 2017 is particularly good as the fruit that would normally go for our top Vermentino, Rock n’ Rolle, all went in here instead. Why? Well, winter 2017 saw our first frost in 60 years, and then, in the summer, the boar got to the fruit as well. There just wasn’t enough to bottle it on its own, so we added it to Le Grill.

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