Clos des Nines, 2017 L’Orée, Grès de Montpellier – 15.00€
Clos des Nines is close to Gigean, and is an estate that has been developed by Isabelle Mangeard since 2003, with an interesting and well-conceived range of wines coming from a ten hectare block of vineyards.
L’Orée is a blend of Grenache Noir, with some Syrah and Cinsault, kept in vat rather than barrel for a few months.
The 2017 vintage was bottled in June 2018. Medium depth of colour. A lovely garrigue nose, with spice and herbs. Very fresh with an elegant finish. A modest 13.5º.
Isabelle observed that she chooses the harvest date so that her grapes are ripe, but not too ripe She does not want a heavy wine; it is all a question of balance. She favours minimum intervention in the cellar, and a light hand as regards extraction. And her success is there to be tasted in the glass.
Clos des Nines,
route de Cournonsec, D5E7,
Tel: 04 67 68 95 36