Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Blanc 2017

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Tasting Notes

On the nose, fruit aromas of apricot and citrus pith accompany waxy (beeswax) notes. The palate is dense and round with a lifted acidity that gives the wine freshness. Subtle floral nuances, chalky minerality, and a lightly savory character combine with flavors of quince, starfruit, and lemon pulp, adding depth and intrigue to this fine white blend from the South of France.   

 

Gregory Hecht and Francois Bannier met in the 1990s while studying enology in Dijon, France. Each pursued different careers in the wine trade until 2002, when they established their négociant éleveur (wine merchant) business, Maison Hecht & Bannier. Their goal is to procure exceptional wine from vineyards throughout the French appellations of Roussillon, Languedoc and Provence and to oversee the production of blends that capitalize on the terroir and potential of the region and showcase the high quality that wine from the South of France can attain. Every year, the two men visit hundreds of producers to select only the very best wines, typically from 5-10 different parcels; these wines often originate from vineyards located in the cooler foothills where hundred-year-old vines are not uncommon. On completion of the arduous selection process, Hecht and Bannier conduct tastings to determine the optimum blending options. The blends are subsequently vinified and bottled as Hecht and Bannier deem to be the finest representations of each appellation in their range of wines.

 

The Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Blanc is a blend of three complementary southern French varietals: Picpoul Blanc, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc. Bordering the Etang de Thau along the Mediterranean coast and oriented toward the sea, the vines benefit from relatively cool terroirs. All three grapes are late-ripening varietals and thrive in the Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by long, warm, and dry summers and shorter, cool, wet winters. Mild maritime influence throughout summer enables the grapes to preserve their natural acidity and also helps retain their aromatic flavors until the harvest at the end of September (or early October for some Picpoul). The fruit in the Languedoc Blanc is sustainably harvested and ferments entirely in stainless steel tanks.

 
Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Charcuterie, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, Fish (white), Ham, Hors d'oeuvres, Just for Cocktailing, Lobster & Crab, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Vegetables

Color:
White
Origin:
France, Languedoc-rousillon
Grape Varietal:
Other White, 50% Picpoul Blanc, 25% Grenache Blanc, Roussanne
Price:
$14.00 each
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