In a nutshell: A crisp and fruity white blend from the Languedoc.
The lowdown: Domaine des Lauriers who make this wine are an estate committed to sustainable agriculture and to that end they're members of France's Terra Vitis organisation which ensures high ethical standards are maintained by its members. This is a blend of Vermentino and one of Languedoc's oldest white varieties, Terret, which, although not seen frequently these days, helps add body and crispness to the wines it makes. After picking the grapes here have been gently pressed and cool fermented and the result is a brilliantly zippy, crisp and fruity wine.
When to drink: Multifaceted and very easy to like this is a pretty failsafe choice that most people will really enjoy either by itself or with fish, seafood, or poultry dishes.
This property near Pézenas in the Languedoc was established in 1969 and is now run by Marc Cabrol. The estate runs to 40 hectares in size spread across many different parcels of land in the area which are based on red clay slopes and surrounded by the garrigue heathland found throughout this part of France.
They have recently modernised their winery which is built into a hillside and involved a lot of earth moving. The result was a considerable improvement ensuring a constant temperature and humidity within the winery which serves to increase the quality of their winemaking. In total they grow eleven different grape varieties, producing a range of reds, whites and rosés of which their flag bearing cuvée is the Picpoul de Pinet for which this part of the Languedoc is well known for. Overall the wines they produce are clean, fruit driven and well balanced. They are among a small group of Picpoul producers who are making wines that fit well with modern tastes while also being faithful to their appellation.