Minervois Blanc 'Les Nonnes', Domaine Hegarty Chamans, France 2013

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Minervois Blanc 'Les Nonnes', Domaine Hegarty Chamans, France 2013


The only thing wrong with this wine is the packaging. It's not terrible, it's just a bit humdrum, but the frustration is that it doesn't really reflect the character of what lies within - a wine with a maverick, nonconformist personality. It should come in a round-shouldered Burgundy bottle, with a hand-designed label on textured paper and a cold-wax capsule. We should be designers! We could clearly teach the person behind it a thing or two about marketing.

The person behind it is Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, one of the world's largest advertising agencies, responsible for some of the most iconic global marketing campaigns of all time. Moving swiftly on...

It's a scintillating blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne and Clairette, made along biodynamic lines, lees-aged and matured in new French oak. It's not a wine for learner drivers, as it has a lot going on under the bonnet (despite looking like a Vauxhall Astra). It's complex and mineral-inflected, pithy, stony, and laced with white-fleshed fruits informed by the limestone soil, but ultimately extremely refreshing and succulent, finishing on sweet citrus and wild flowers. If you like such wines as Les Clos Perdus 'L'Extreme Blanc' or Olivier Pithon's 'Cuvée Laïs' or La Soula Blanc, then you will love this. Apart from the packaging14% alc. Drink now-2019.

Jancis Robinson.com: "40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Roussanne, 20% Clairette. Demeter and organic certified. Fermented for six weeks in new French barrels for the Grenache Blanc and Clairette, stainless steel for the Roussanne. Grenache Blanc and Clairette aged separately for 12 months on fine lees in new French oak. Light filtration before bottling on a descending moon (for ageing potential, according to the website). Wild flower, wild honey, camomile tea, all swirled into creaminess. Challenging, layered, shifting flavours. Full bodied yet light as a dancer. The texture of silk, and yet the crispness of taffeta. It's a wine that's very hard to pin down, changing in the mouth the way that light changes in the morning sky. Orange rind and a pastis-like bitterness, almost cherry menthol, fold in over caraway seed and caramel. Ripe dried pear lies under an overlay of sage leaf. It's a demanding wine, that requires thought and time, and will bring much pleasure to those who can afford it both. (JH)." 17 points

The Wine Advocate: "A beautiful white, Hergarty Charmans’ 2013 Minervois Les Nones Blanc is made from 50% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne and 20% Clairette that had the Roussanne and Clairette aged in barrel, and the Grenache all in stainless steel. Its bouquet of citrus blossom, lemon curd and tropical fruits flows to a medium-bodied, juicy, lively and refreshing white that has both texture and freshness." 89 points

“An intriguing blend of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne with 20% Clairette. Light golden colour in the glass, with dry herbal notes on the nose and a rounded palate with herbal fruit, and satisfying depth and length, then a youthful lift on the finish. Drink now-2023.” 92 points

Customer Comments:

"I found the Hegarty Minervois Blanc subtle, complex and fascinating, every mouthful offering a different flavour profile. Definitely a wine to drink slowly and concentrate on and not for flippant company!" - Mr. S.R.

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