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La Colombette Vin de France Souvignier Muscaris

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Description

A fabulous white showcasing just how good disease resistant variety wines can be.

Made from 50% Souvignier and 50% Muscaris, which are both hybrid PIWI varieties that originated in Germany to help growers deal with vine diseases in an environmentally friendly way and without spraying at all. It’s here in southern France with the exceptional climatic conditions that these grapes can reach their full potential. Golden in colour, the expressive aromas of this unique white are a real fruit basket, with melon, citrus and herbs to the fore. On the palate, the tropical fruit flavours are surprisingly rich, yet lively and well balanced. You may not know the varieties yet, but you’ll love this wine!

Taste

Ripe with tropical and well balanced fruit

Aroma

Expressive with bountiful appealing fresh fruits

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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