Lustrous Grenache Blanc – Wine & Spirits Magazine

Lustrous Grenache Blanc


The Mas Ilianssou vineyard at Domaine du Clos des Fées (Courtesy of Clos des Fées)

Hervé Bizeul was a sommelier and journalist before he left Paris to become a vintner, setting up a small winery in Roussillon in 1997. Today he tends 50 acres of gnarly old bush vines in the arid, rocky wilds of Vingrau, where limestone outcroppings shine blindingly white in the ample sun. This white captures that solar brightness and warmth, notes of herbs, spicy ginger and white peach radiating over a broad cashmere texture, enveloping and expansive at once. Made from the fruit of vines over 100 years old, the wine’s intensity suggests this will age well, although it’s delicious now with something rich, like butternut squash ravioli with browned butter.

Duclot La Vinicole, NY

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Domaine du Clos des Fées 2020 Côtes du Roussillon Vieilles Vignes Grenache Blanc

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is W&S’s editor at large and covers the wines of the Mediterranean and Central and Eastern Europe for the magazine.


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