British ex-pat Katie Jones has been living in the Languedoc since 1993. She worked at the Mont Tauch co-operative until 2009, when she started her boutique winery, which now consists of 11 hectares of vines in Maury, Tuchan and Paziols, with her wines labelled as either Fitou or Cotes Catalanes.
The previous vintage was tragically lost in an act of vandalism. But this 2013 Grenache Gris is really lovely. It’s made from old vines (almost 80 years) planted on black schist in the Maury valley, overlooked by the 11th Century Queribus castle. 30% of the blend is fermented and matured in French oak for six months.
Domaine Jones Grenache Gris 2013 Cotes Catalanes, France
13.5% alcohol. Very fresh and fine with a bit of spicy, pithy grip. Attractive spicy notes and texture on the palate with nice weight. A characterful white that’s really pure and linear. 90/100 (£14.95 The Wine Society, 14.90 Nethergate Wines, £16.99 Inverarity One to One, or direct from www.domainejones.com)