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Château Mourgues du Grès Terre d'Argence Blanc 2008

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Mourgues was originally a Provençal name for Ursuline nuns, the farm originally having belonged to a convent near the village of Beaucaire. With Mont Ventoux visible from the top of the vineyard slopes this is a region that feels closer to Provence or the Rhone than the Languedoc. We are delighted to be able to distribute this eye-opening, gob-enlightening range of Rhone-ettes. When much generic Cotes du Rhone is so pallid that it won't even leave a stain in your carpet any more, these Syrah-drenched wines will roll back the rug and form an enticing purple lagoon. The vineyard site is made up of flat pebbles called Grès and is planted with a mixture of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Les Galets refer to the large stones (also found in Châteauneuf) which heat up during the day and release their warmth at night, perfect for ripening those reds. The whites, so often a flabby irrelevance in southern France, are taut in structure and rich in fruit, especially the Terre d'Argence Blanc (from the older vines on the Costières) which displays a positively indecent amount of flavour, a pornucopia of supple melons, sweet apricots and other explicit fruits as well as glorious honeyed tones - Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache voluptuously combine.

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Mourgues was originally a Provençal name for Ursuline nuns, the farm originally having belonged to a convent near the village of Beaucaire. With Mont Ventoux visible from the top of the vineyard slopes this is a region that feels closer to Provence or the Rhone than the Languedoc. We are delighted to be able to distribute this eye-opening, gob-enlightening range of Rhone-ettes. When much generic Cotes du Rhone is so pallid that it won't even leave a stain in your carpet any more, these Syrah-drenched wines will roll back the rug and form an enticing purple lagoon. The vineyard site is made up of flat pebbles called Grès and is planted with a mixture of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Les Galets refer to the large stones (also found in Châteauneuf) which heat up during the day and release their warmth at night, perfect for ripening those reds. The whites, so often a flabby irrelevance in southern France, are taut in structure and rich in fruit, especially the Terre d'Argence Blanc (from the older vines on the Costières) which displays a positively indecent amount of flavour, a pornucopia of supple melons, sweet apricots and other explicit fruits as well as glorious honeyed tones - Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache voluptuously combine.

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