Domaine des Saumades
CdP blanc 2016
The white is a classic southern blend with 50% Grenache Blanc and equal parts of Bourbelenc, and Clairette (usually Grenache Blanc plays the most relevant role with its 50%, but this is not a prefixed standard, as vintages change and varieties perform differently). The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness in small bins, transported to the cellar, and slowly pressed in a small pneumatic bladder press. The juice descends into small oak barriques (3 or 4 year old barriques to prevent oak flavors) for primary alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. The wine is aged for 8 months in the same barrels before bottling.
How does it usually taste? An explosion of tropical fruits, with mango, papaya, ripe pear, and kiwi dominating more subtle mineral elements. Rich, viscous, almost late-harvest in intensity and depth, this white wine is made for Provencal cuisine.
According to Josh Reynolds, writing for Vinous and tasting the 2015 vintage in Dec. 2016, the wine deserves 88 pts. “Light yellow. Ripe tangerine and peach scents, along with hints of white flowers, fennel and ginger. Silky, gently sweet and open knit, offering energetic citrus and pit fruit flavors sharpened by a jolt of tangy acidity. Fleshy yet energetic, finishing with resonating floral and citrus fruit notes and good tenacity”.