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Domaine de Ravanès Le Renard Blanc 2013 Coteaux de Murviel

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Domaine de Ravanès Le Renard Blanc 2013 Coteaux de Murviel
Vintage
2013
 
Region Thézan-les-Béziers, 10km north of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented and aged 1 year in barrel
Grapes 75% Grenache Gris, 25% Maccabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fish, chicken, pork, paella, oriental dishes 
Next day 
Even better
Drink Now, or to 2023
The estate's top white, from 75 year-old vines. A lovely bright, medium gold colour, with a fabulous nose that covers just about every base, with fruity, zesty, herby, herbaceous, spicy and mineral notes all putting in an appearance. Lime oil, quince, crushed nettles, thyme, mint, coriander and wet stone are just a few of the aromas and flavours I can pick out, in a wine of genuine subtlety and complexity. Tight and focused in the mouth, offering masses of flavour, with ample acidity and plenty of grip, courtesy of extended maceration on the grape skins, followed by a year's ageing in oak barrels. Restrained power and elegance is the order of the day, with a long, cool, minty/spicy finish. And whilst it really is a joy to drink already, I can see it gaining yet more complexity and weight over the next 3 to 5 years, possibly more. Tangy and dry, rather than rich and oily, this is a wine that is closer in style to white Burgundy or old-style Rioja than Rhone. A really cracking wine, which is good to drink now, but will also age nicely for a few years yet.