'Silice', Domaine Les Eminades, Coteaux de Fontcaude, Languedoc 2014

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'Silice', Domaine Les Eminades, Coteaux de Fontcaude, Languedoc 2014


“Very Good Value.” - Jancis Robinson, 17 points

Occasionally the English language proves inadequate when you are searching for a succinct term to describe a wine and you have to steal a foreign phrase to fill the gap. Here's a case in point. This wine leaves an impression on you that is hard to express in English, but thankfully the French come to the rescue with a pithy little phrase of their own. They call it 'le feelgood factor'

When you are longing for the sun to dip below the yardarm, this is the wine you want to have waiting for you. It induces that well-known sigh of satisfaction, which announces the end of a long day and the start of a wonderful evening. We're not going to tell you the grape variety, because this wine isn't about expressing varietal character, it's about the whole A to Z experience and assessing its merits based on its success at expressing specific 'trademark' flavours would be a silly distraction, like judging a downhill skier on the colour of their salopettes.

It's a wine that bristles with citrus and minerals. It's inadvertently cutting-edge, brushing shoulders with the ‘natural’ wine movement, without getting embroiled in all their dogma. It’s a wine that gives back as much in complexity as you give it in attention. It has clearly been shepherded from the vineyard to the bottle by a gentle hand; it’s not a technical wine that has been tweaked with knobs and dials. It’s minimalist, in the sense that it’s restrained, precise and linear, but it’s spring-loaded too, serpentine, with a fine line of acidity from start to finish. It’s fruity, but earthy too; dry, but ample on the palate. Damn it, it’s just delicious! It goes extremely well with a simple grilled fillet of sea bream with just a sprinkle of salt and a squeeze of lemon. Or I can imagine it being great with charred squid or a lemony risotto. We put it through its paces with salmon sashimi and it worked a treat, the pristine fruit cleansing the palate. Why not try a bottle or two and give back your impressions. We think it's le tops, as the French would say. 13% alc. Aged in large oak barrels for 10 months. Yields of 32 hl/ha. Drink now-2019.

Press review:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin)
: “Organic. Fragrant lemon verbena nose that in no way prepares you for the magnificent, towering, soaring structure of this wine. Architectural beauty! Between the struts and pinions: wild honey and lemon and beeswax. Graphite and hot stone. Smoky smoky crystal-cut citrus on the finish. Very Good Value. Drink now-2023” 17 points

Customer comments:

"Really like the wine... grapefruit!" - Mr G.W. 

"It's fantastic! Not just your simple fruity white, this is intriguing and delicious, and it's loaded with minerals and citrus fruit." - Mr. J.B.

It was delicious!" - Mr. T.S. 

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