In the glass, the wine has a shimmering, platinum edged, yellow-gold color. Aromas of white nectarines, crystallized ginger, honeysuckle, and jasmine move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with discreet suggestions of ripe yellow plums, white cranberries, and clementine zest, as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is creamy and rich, yet somehow transparent and restrained, with mineral-saturated flavors that echo the nose, all lightly seasoned with caraway, parsley, coriander, and dried lavender. Later, delicate peach skin bitterness, and white nectarine acidity, lengthen the creamy finish. To drink over the next three years, with simple, elegant preparations of seafood, vegetables, and poultry.
About this wine producer: Camille Wallut is an architect by training, and a second-generation vigneronne, who returned to take the reins of one of the most extraordinary estates in the southern Côtes-du-Rhône when her father retired in 1997. Her 13 hectares of vines are planted at an average altitude of 500 meters, in the shale and limestone foothills of the Dentelles de Montmirail above the village of Suzette. Some of the Grenache was planted more than eighty years ago. Included is a parcel lying on a Mistral-swept terrace at 620 meters, which is the highest vineyard in all the Côtes-du-Rhône. Because of the altitude, the temperature is much cooler at night than in the valley, so the grapes retain acidity, ripen more evenly, and form more complex aromas. A second benefit is that organic viticulture is much easier than down in the valley, because common valley vine diseases like mildew and grey rot, which often require aggressive chemical treatment, are rarely found at such high altitudes.