This family run domain is located on the Via Domitia, the first road the Romans built in Gaul in 118BC, linking Italy (Alps) with Spain (Pyrenees), a distance of some 600km. The story goes that Via Domitia was also locally known as via Reine Juliette after a queen of the same name who once travelled along it. The estate took its name from the same queen.
The estate is located less than 10km from the shores of the Mediterranean, about 50km south of Montpellier. These days it’s sixth generation brother and sister Guillaume and Marion Alliès who are at the helm, assisted by Guillaume’s son, also named Guillaume. At 110ha, the estate is a decent size, although of this Picpoul only accounts for round 20ha. The estate follows organic (non-certified) practices. The bottle carries a ‘Haut Valeur Environmentale’ or HVE (High Environmental Value) label, which is a French agricultural certification recognising a high level of commitment to environmentally-friendly practices by farmers. While the vineayrds are tended with a view to traditional methods, in the winery it’s all about embracing technology, with a full array of all the mod cons needed to make high quality wine.
The finished wine 13% and sealed with a screwcap.
“Brilliant pale yellow colour with green highlights. A nose of fine elegant floral and fruity reminiscent of hawthorn and peach. Well-balanced palate, acidity and roundness give this wine a good framework, with a final note of citrus fruits (grapefruit).” Winemaker’s notes.
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