In a nutshell: A fruity, fresh and mineral organic French white blend from the southern Rhône Valley near Nîmes.
The lowdown: Galets Dorés are the golden coloured, heat retaining large pebbles that are found near the lower reaches of the Rhône where Château Mourges du Grès have their vineyards. It's great terroir and well suited to making this nicely fresh and floral white which is a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Vermentino. Organically produced with minimal use of sulphites it's fermented in stainless steel to retain maximum freshness and primary fruit expressiveness and then aged on its lees for 3 months to give a generous body and feel to complement the bold flavours. It's brilliantly fresh and floral with a crisp lively finish that has a touch of salinity.
When to drink: Lively and vivacious it's perfect just by itself and with food it goes well with shellfish or a goat's cheese tart.
Situated just to the south east of Nimes whilst technically in the Rhône valley this is an area that has more of a Provençal feel to it.
From this family estate of 40 hectares, former journalist François Collard produces a small, but delicious, range of organic wines. The vineyards are composed of flat pebbles, called grès, and is planted with a mixture of Syrah, Grenache and, Mourvèdre together with Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Les Galets, also found in here are larger stones that heat up during the day and slowly release their warmth during the night, ideal for ripening their reds.