Badet Clement's Les Jamelles "Cépage Rare" range
Ubiquitous pub white Pinot Grigio / Gris hardly counts as a rare grape variety ("Cépage Rare"), but it is not commonly found in Languedoc, so there is some truth in the name.
This wine is a blend of Pinot Gris / Grigio grapes from two Langeudoc sub-regions - the Côte de Thongue in Hérault (for waxy fatness) and an ancient dried-up saltwater lake in the village of Marseillette in the Aude (for freshness) - apparently.
In any case, the result is a balanced and harmonious, sun-kissed wine - the two parts mesh seamlessly together; there is ripe white pear and melon fruit, a shake of white pepper with smoe refreshing acidity and a touch of minerality.
A thoroughly enjoyable and reliable, entry-level Languedoc wine (it owes little to traditional Pinot Gigio or Gris) with no rough edges.
Match with tapas, roast white meat or a creamy risotto.
Badet Clement’s creators are Laurent and Catherine Delaunay, two Burgundian winemakers trained in the New World who also make premium wines as Abbotts & Delaunay.
Not yet available in the UK, the rrp will be around £8.99; provided for review.
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