Domaine la Réméjeanne Côtes du Rhône Les Chèvrefeuilles Blanc 2020
Certified organic. Chèvrefeuille [pronounced: shev-ruh-foy] is French for honeysuckle, the perfume of which you cannot escape during springtime in the southern Rhône. The Klein family is widely respected for their supple and aromatic Côtes du Rhône rouges, and under the tutelage of Olivier Klein the Domaine’s white wines are now reaching the same heights. The prevalence of limestone in the Sabran vineyards certainly helps in this regard, preserving freshness. The white Les Chèvrefeuilles 2018 is a rare example of a Clairette-dominant white with 50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne and 25% Grenache Blanc. All the fruit is drawn from the Domaine’s cooler, east-facing lime-rich soils. The fruit is whole-bunch pressed and fermented with natural yeasts before resting on its fine lees, in concrete, for eight months before bottling. It’s a succulently mouth-filling white Rhône, with pulpy ripe pear, citrus and jasmine aromas and flavours balanced by some lip-smacking salty minerality (from the Clairette) and vibrant freshness. Pure-fruited and delicious. Drink this now and over the next few years for maximum refreshment.