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Minna Vineyard Blanc 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône

(Code: MINNA/W/13)
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Minna Vineyard Blanc 2013 IGP Bouches du Rhône
Vintage
2013
Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented/aged in oak barrels and steel vats
Grapes 47% Vermentino, 24% Roussanne, 29% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day 
Even better - benefits from a night in the decanter
Drink Now, or to 2025 and beyond
Bright, translucent straw/gold colour. A delicate but expressive array of spring flowers, soft citrus, apple, oregano and thyme greets the nose, with subtle hints of lime oil and clove in the background. The palate is equally delicate and complex, offering a really focused, cool, herby, almost minty mouth-feel. It is beautifully rounded, with plenty of fresh apple and citrus-tinged fruit, the merest hint of pepper/spice, perfectly judged acidity and a long, tangy finish. It is unusual for a wine (of any colour) from a relatively hot climate to feel so fresh and vivacious as this, but a clue is given in the alcohol level on the label of just 12% abv - a (welcome) rarity in this age of global warming-enhanced high alcohol levels. In fact, some of the finest wines I have ever had the pleasure of drinking have been relatively low in alcohol - Trévallon being a notable example from this region. And whilst I wouldn't compare this - in terms of weight or complexity - to a white Trévallon (which would retail for well over twice the price, remember) it is both a delight to drink now and could well evolve in a similar manner, over the next 5 to 10 years.