Marsanne is a traditional grape of the Rhône Valley in France, though it is relatively rare to see it bottled as a single varietal wine.
This example from Paul Mas’s ‘La Forge’ vineyard in the Languedoc is truly lovely, perhaps picked just a little earlier than some to retain it agility and freshness.
It has a beguiling nose, a bowlful of ripe pears and peaches, tiny Riesling-like floral and wax nuances, and a hint of oatmeal and almond from partial barrel ageing.
It is a well rounded wine with fresh acidity and an elegant finish with notes of honey.
Round, succulent and fleshy-fruity on the palate, there is texture and a little spice and toast, but it’s clean as a whistle into the finish.
Lovely on its own, but could take everything from Chinese food to white fish in its stride.
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