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2015 Campana Blanc, Ch. Beauregard-Mirouze

2015 Campana Blanc, Ch. Beauregard-Mirouze

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70% Marsanne, 30% Roussanne from north-facing vines, giving delicacy to the wine and preventing overripeness. Lovely delicate apple fruit, notes of fresh ginger and blossom. Drinks like a fresher Rhône white - delicacy perfect for seafood or white meat.

Husband and wife team Karine (cellar) and Nicolas Mirouze (vineyards) took over the family estate in 1999 and set about turning a bulk outlook, where quantity took precedence over quality, into a much smaller operation where quality was put first, second and third.  They have reduced the area farmed from 50 hectares to 25, and reversed the damage that years of high production methods had taken on the soil; now 100% organic, the soil, like their grapes, is full of life and vitality. ‘The longer growing season is the key to our wines’, Karine explained of her hillside vines, ‘we pick up to 10 days later than our neighbours down in the valleys because of the cooler nights, which, ultimately allows us to produce more complex and refined wines’.  Vines grow on the shallow, sandy soils, and the dry Tramontane wind (like the ‘Cape Doctor’ in South Africa) helps prevent mildew and related diseases; vines are forced to dig deep through the limestone bedrock for nutrients, adding complexity to their grapes.

Organic. 60% Marsanne, 20% Roussane, 20% Vermentino. Whole-bunch pressed. Fermented at 17 ºC and aged six months in tank.
Pale gold but noticeably coloured for a young fresh white, probably because of the varieties. Intense and inviting aroma of fresh pears, ripe citrus and a slightly nutty quality. On the palate, full of flavour - mostly that bright pear and citrus combination but a very nice chalky texture and great freshness. Like the rosé, good persistence if not especially concentrated. Very good blend. 2016-2017 16/20 - Julia Harding, Jancis, 6/9/16
The nose has some of the Marsanne peach and apricot allure, but there's a lemon and lime peel freshness too, and a sense of coolness. In the mouth it is crisp and alive, delicate, with a pear juice freshness but then a lovely sour lemon bite of acidity to lengthen and add a twist of interest on the finish.**Wine of the Week June 2016** - Tom Cannavan, Wine

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