Provence, Bandol Blanc 2018 Chateau Ste Anne
50% Clairette Verte, 50% Ugni Blanc
This scarce cuvée (only 5% of their total production) is made from 50yo vines planted on limestone-clay hillsides with siliceous sub-soils. Mid-gold in colour this is richly textured as well as pure and precise, with complex fruit hinting at melon, straw, fennel, anise, with notable balance and freshness. On the finish, there is a little sea salt and an attractive bitterness. Evocative of glorious Provence, and incredibly food friendly.