La Colombette Vin de France Cabernet Blanc


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Say a big hello to Cabernet Blanc, a superb new resistant variety.

A rare white made from Cabernet Blanc by the Pugibet family, who have run the Colombette estate for four generations now. This wine proves that using resistant hybrid PIWI varieties can be both successful and exciting, as well as good for the planet, due to the complete absence of chemical sprays, including copper and sulphur (as a mildew resistant). A beautiful golden colour and super expressive on the nose with enticing notes of baked apple, citrus and peach, with a palate that follows with kiwi, lime and apricot flavours that are big and complex for a wine of this price.


Kiwi, lime and luscious stone fruits


Baked apple, sprightly citrus and peach

Domaine La Colombette is located at the gates of Bezier facing the Mediterranean Sea in France’s Languedoc region. It has been run as a family estate for four generations, and is now largely run by Francois Pugibet and his son Vincent. They're impressive innovators in the areas of alcohol reduction in wine, and especially these days in the development of new resistant grape varieties that allow not only organic pesticide free viticulture, but also sulphur and copper exclusion too. These new grape varieties are also known as ‘PIWI’ varieties, which, having been developed in Germany, is an abbreviation of the term 'Pilzwiderstandsfähige Reben'. These grapes have come from multiple crossings of traditional varieties with more hardy and wild ‘vitis’ versions and show particularly strong resistance to the vine diseases powdery and downy mildew. The work is slow, precise and laborious, and has taken many years to perfect. The outstanding results of these varietals are now clear in the wines we have chosen to list from Domaine La Colombette, where you will discover original flavours and surprising richness. As the Pugibet family say,  "what a pleasure it is to be able to cultivate the vines with just sun and rainwater”. With climate change increasingly causing more difficult conditions for winegrowers, we are sure to see more resistant variety (PIWI) wines enter the market.


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