Domaine Ravanès Le Renard Blanc 2007 Pays d'Hérault Coteaux de Murviel

(Code: RAVA/REN/07)
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Domaine Ravanès Le Renard Blanc 2007 Pays d'Hérault Coteaux de Murviel
Region Thézan-les-Béziers, 10km north of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented and aged 1 year in barrel
Grapes 80% Grenache Gris & Blanc, 20% Maccabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Fish, chicken, pork, paella, oriental dishes 
Next day 
Still good
Drink Now to 2026 or possibly longer
The estate's flagship white, from 80 year-old Grenache Gris and Blanc and Maccabeu vines. Following on from a tasting of older Domaine Ravanès wines I presented to my local wine group in early 2023, we managed to secure a few bottles each of several older vintages (between 2005 and 2015) from the estate's "library stock". And whilst the reds have an undoubted ability to age for many years, these vintages of Le Renard Blanc also serve to illustrate the remarkable age-worthiness and positive evolution of the white wines, over at least 20 years. With extended maceration on the grape skins, followed by a year's ageing in oak barrels, the freshness of youth slowly gives way to a gently oxidative/nutty style, as it ages, much in the way of an old-style white Rioja (think of the Reservas and Gran Reservas of Lopez de Heredia) though with slightly less woody character.

This 2007 is a clear, limpid orange/gold colour. The nose offers aromas of orange, ginger, garrigue herbs and spices, with further mineral and smoky notes. In the mouth, it is spicy, rich, nutty and mouth-filling, with a hint of Seville orange marmalade, a touch of grape tannin, plenty of acidity and huge length on the finish. A cracking wine, which is just approaching the peak of maturity. If you love traditional old-style white Rioja or Musar, then you will love this!