Nicot Blanc , Mas des Agrunelles
Started in 2005 by by Frédéric Porro and Stéphanie Ponso. This 25ha estate is situated on the Terrace du Larzac, North-West of Montpellier. They shun the usual style shown here in favour of delicate wines with subtle extractions. The estate name comes from all the wild sloe trees around the vineyards and sloe is ‘Agrunelles’ in old Occitan. Biodynamic methods are used in the vineyard with processes like pruning and harvest being matched to the lunar calendar.
Producer Mas des Agrunelles
Viticulture & Winemaking Organic and Biodynamic viticulture. Hand-harvested, and direct press, followed by native yeast fermentation in stainless steel. The wine then goes through age on the fine lees in tank. Finished with limited intervention. and low S02.
Grapes Grenache Blanc, Marsanne
Region Hérault, France
Tasting Notes A fresh nose of citrus rind, and subtle lime. The palate is vibrant, showing zingy acidity and finishes with a streak of minerality.