Here’s how a French royal, an eager Englishman, and a near-forgotten grape came together to bring you what I’m hailing as my white wine discovery of the summer
It's time to meet the white we're hailing as our NEW king of summer. Nestled within the hills of the Languedoc- Roussillon (AKA ‘the Midi’), you’ll find the historic region of Cabrières. Our ‘man in the Midi’ Mark Hoddy had lived 20 minutes from Cabrières for years, but had never visited. That is, until his favourite local bar suggested he try a glass of the speciality white made in the village just down the road.
It was a pure, lip-smacking Clairette – the prized white grape normally blended into expensive Châteauneuf-du-Pape reds, and very rare to find bottled solo. He’d only ever tasted it on its own while in Châteauneuf, and absolutely loved it. But this was something much more special. The very next day he was at the village’s only co-op winery, Caves de L’Estabel, asking for as much as they could spare.
At just £8.99 a bottle for a case of 12, the value is superb. Pour a glass on a warm, bright day and let those gorgeously fresh flavours wash over you. Peach, pear, nectarines, with a zing of citrus and delicate jasmine-like aromas. You’re going to love it. But stocks on this will be very limited, so please order soon.