Wine Tasting Note: Domaine Piccinini Clos l'Angély, 2004, Minervois, France Add/Read Comments
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Available from Pic Wines for £8.35. [more info]
Excellent and rather unusual - a white Minervois made with a complex blend of Grenache (50%), Roussanne (20%), Maccabeo (10%), Bourboulenc (10%) and Muscat (10%). The latter adds a light grape dimension to the nutty, full and enticing aroma. The palate is exactly what I enjoy - weighty but crisp, flavoursome with a long length.
The estate has been run by Jean Christophe Piccinini since 1991; his father running things until then. From what I can make out from the terrible website is that his father didn't actually make wine on the estate, I assume selling grapes to the local co-operative or other producers; the concrete vats dating from the 1930's had never been used as the original owner was killed during the war. Current production is 130,000 bottles of white, rosé and red wines from vineyards totalling some 30 ha.
Food-wise this white is very versatile; simply delicious with an 'all the trimmings' roast chicken where the chestnut stuffing emphasised the nutty edge in the wine and the acidity cut through the richness of cream sauce smothered leeks.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100
Hugely impressed with this Domaine - see also Cuvee Line et Laetitia, a delicious red blend also available from Pic Wines.