This ancient grape variety, native to the Languedoc, that grows around the perimeter of the Thau lagoon was largely forgotten at the end of the 20th century then rediscovered as a result of the resurgence of the Languedoc cultural identity. This new 2021 vintage was touched by exceptionally hard spring frosts which meant that yields were tiny, but there is no doubt about the quality of the wine. It has a lovely glimmering pale green hue, with bright, fresh aromas on the nose of exotic fruit and a touch of aniseed. Clean and elegant in the mouth, with citrussy notes, like grapefruit, but also boxwood, blackcurrant leaf and rhubarb. There is the characteristic touch of salinity on the finish which is full and fruity. A wine that will be perfect with a shellfish platter, fish dishes or quite simply as an aperitif.
IGP Côte de Thau
100% Terret Blanc
50 HL / Ha
12 % alc./vol
The grapes are harvested at night to ensure they remain cool. They undergo a short maceration of about 4 hours before being pressed and fermented at around 16°C. When alcoholic fermentation is complete, the lees are stirred weekly to maintain them in suspension over a period of a month. There is no malolactic fermentation.
The wine is aged in vats on lees for three months.
Recognition and awards
- Jancis Robinson Oct 2022 15.5/20