Poema, Francuska Vinarija, Serbia 2010

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Poema, Francuska Vinarija, Serbia 2010

15.95

Sorry if it's a bit predictable, but sometimes we too feel like a glass of something refreshing yet familiar, and, like everybody else, we reach for a 6 year-old Serbian blend of barrel-fermented Temjanika, Grasevina and Riesling. I'm sure you will agree that nothing else will do!

We had no idea what to expect when we tasted this for the first time, and were about to drift off into an impolite stupor of low expectations, when we caught each other doing a double take. Our eyes widened like we'd just been dealt a great hand by the croupier. The nose was bristling with lime, mint and wet stones, like the bracing lift of a mojito cocktail, and the palate showed the trademark hints of aged Riesling in its notes of lime cordial, sour honey and spiced lemon. It was time to scratch beneath the surface.

"All the best terroirs in France have been discovered," explains Cyrille Bongiraud, who set up the Francuska Vinarija project in 2008 with his wife, Estelle, after consulting for many years at such iconic estates as Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Comtes Lafon and Zind-Humbrecht. "They are either taken or inaccessible in terms of price. So when we wanted to make our own wine, we spent several years looking for an equivalent terroir in other parts of Europe." They found what they were looking for in Serbia, in the winemaking village of Rogljevo in the northeast of the country. The soils here are pure limestone, a soil type that retains water and ensures low hydric stress for the vines – important in a continental climate where the summer heat climbs up to 40ºC degrees, and winters can drop to minus 30ºC. Such propitious conditions mean that it's no coincidence that winemaking here dates back to the 3rd Century.

Working with local, organic growers, Cyrille and Estelle have fashioned a fantastic white wine that sings with citric energy, minerality and a salty lime finish. Drink now-2018.

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