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Cassis, Clos Val Bruyère, Château Barbanau 2019
White Wine from France - Provence / Massif / Corsica
On the French coast, above the Mediterranean amidst the towering limestone Calanques is where Provence's most exciting whites are made. This is bone-dry, characterful, savoury and perfect with all manner of seafood.
Price: £13.95 Bottle
Price: £167.00 Case of 12
- White Wine
- Bone dry
- 12.5% Alcohol
- No oak influence
- Now to 2023
- Cork, natural
This estate in the heart of Provence is run by the Simonin-Cerciello family. The current generation is Sophie and her husband Didier, and it was Sophie’s great-grandfather who initiated the family’s winemaking history, beginning in 1900. In 1989 Sophie relaunched the family estate, building a new wine cellar, and extending the family’s vineyard holdings to just under 30 organically farmed hectares. Château Barbanau itself has 25 centuries of history behind it and the name probably derives from ‘barbarian’.
The property is in two halves. 23 hectares are in the west of the Côtes de Provence appellation near Marseille, located in north-facing plots over 1,000 feet above the sea, surrounded by chalky cliffs. The cool climate ensures a longer growing season and therefore more flavour in the grapes, which are mostly a mixture of syrah, grenache, cinsault, mourvedre and vermentino (known here as rolle). Half of the production here is given to rosé, 40% is red and just 10% is white wine.
The majority of the estate’s whites come from the second vineyard plot in the tiny Cassis appellation nearby. The family first planted vines here in the early 20th century, and still use the same walled plot overlooking the sea, amidst the towering limestone Calanques. The Mediterranean’s sea breezes and the sunshine combine to provide the perfect climate for the family’s marsanne, clairette, ugni blanc and sauvignon blanc grapes.
2019 vintage reviews
Maritime nose. PureMediterranean memories with a lightly bitter finish. Herby flavour and satintexture. Not unlike white Bandol.
The Daily Telegraph
The best white winesto buy for Christmas 2020: Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur but also a winemade around the Mediterranean fishing port from which it takes its name. It’squite rare and it’s...The best white winesto buy for Christmas 2020: Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur but also a winemade around the Mediterranean fishing port from which it takes its name. It’squite rare and it’s very good. This one’s a gorgeous blend of ugni blanc,clairette, marsanne and sauvignon blanc; subtle, evocative and amazing with aplate of seafood.
To dream of a summer ahead, open [this] where a blend of clairette, marsanne, ugni blanc and sauvignon blanc, grown organically overlooking the sea in the tiny appellation of Cassis evokes all...To dream of a summer ahead, open [this] where a blend of clairette, marsanne, ugni blanc and sauvignon blanc, grown organically overlooking the sea in the tiny appellation of Cassis evokes all Mediterranean pleasures - there's a salty savoury tang to its dry yet tasty fruit.