Domaine Bergerie De L'Hortus - Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne
Vin de Pays du Val de Montferrand , Languedoc, France
"Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc combine to produce something quite magical and unbelievably well priced. That is precisely what you get in Domaine de L'Hortus Blanc. There is ripe fruit coming through from the Chardonnay, a crisp backbone of acidity form the Sauvignon and a peachy delicacy from the notoriously difficult Viognier." Winner of Modern European Wine of the Year, Sunday Tribune. One of many Vegan friendly white wines available from Wines Direct.
- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne
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Domaine de L‘Hortus is a stalwart of the Wines Direct cellar and the Orliac family have been our friends for many years.
Domaine de l’Hortus is nestled between the Pic Saint-Loup and Hortus mountains to the north of Montpellier. In fact, it was these mountains that originally brought Jean Orliac to the valley in the 1970s. Jean was an agricultural graduate as well as an avid rock climber, so he immediately recognised the potential of the abandoned parcels at the foot of the Pic Saint-Loup cliffs. He gradually acquired land in the area and began to make distinctive wine that draw finesse from this wild land.
Following the year 2000, Jean’s Children returned, one by one, to help run the family estate. Today, Domaine de l’Hortus wines are the fruit of the efforts of François, Marie, Martin, and Yves Orliac (Martin and Yves pictured with Gareth Keogh). Each of them specialised in some area of the operation, either among the vines, in the cellar or in the office. However, they all share the same objective of perfecting the work handed down to them by their parents.
Domaine de l’Hortus is a tribute to the wild landscape of the Pic Saint-Loup and Hortus mountains. Their wines are widely acknowledged as some of the most successful and pioneering in the Languedoc.
"Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc combine to produce something quite magical and unbelievably well priced. That is precisely what you get in Domaine de L'Hortus Blanc. There is ripe fruit coming through from the Chardonnay, a crisp backbone of acidity form the Sauvignon and a peachy delicacy from the notoriously difficult Viognier."
"I have been a fan of this deliciously peachy yet refreshing white for a few years. It's a highly unusual blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Roussanne, the proportions of the various grapes vary from year to year, depending on harvest conditions. I don't think it's ever tasted better than in this vintage. A perfect white for spring and summer."
"Delicate nose and lightly peachy palate with good acidity."
"An enticing nose of ripe Persian melon, white peach, acacia off-set by a faint prickle of gooseberry and pungency of resinous herbs sets the stage for a silken-textured yet ultra-refreshing palate on which saliva-inducing salinity and a crystalline sense of mineral impingement help render the finish dynamic and irresistibly next-sip-compelling. A wealth of floral, herbal, and mineral subtlety emerges as you savour this – and believe me, you won’t be able to put the glass down for long! Expect the seductive and invigorating satisfaction of this wonderful value to persist for at least the next couple of years."
Domaine de l'Hortus
There are both red and white grapes growing in the Hortus vineyard which currently covers a little over 60 hectares (150 acres). Mostly planted in the Fambétou comb, its boundary to the north is the rocky cliff face of the Hortus plateau (facing due south), whilst to the south it's the northern face of the Pic Saint Loup