Had a really fabulous white from Domaine Virgile Joly today, one of many interesting wines being imported into the UK by Dudley and de Fleury. It’s one of those wines that I love, but which I can understand might not be to everyone’s taste. It seems quite oxidative on the nose, but it is so fresh and long in the mouth.
Domaine Virgile Joly Virgile Blanc 2005 Vin de Pays de l’Herault, France
14% alcohol. Grenache Blanc, fermented and matured in 500 litre French oak barrels. Yellow colour. Lovely oxidative nutty nose is complex and broad, with notes of honey and nuts as well as a hint of sherry. The palate is savoury, fresh, complex and shows a bit of matchstick reduction (yes, this is a wine showing signs of both oxidation and reduction), with a long, tangy, lively finish. Just brilliant. 94/100
(Pictured above with the Virgile Blanc is the delicious Joly Rouge 2008 – bright, a bit rustic, cherrish and just brilliantly drinkable.)