"The Roussillon region, which forms part of France’s border with Spain, is best known for its reds and fortified wines, but can make surprisingly impressive whites, too. Jérôme Collas makes small amounts of this deliciously characterful white blend from a combination of old-vine Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Macabeu, grown at a cool 350 metres. The result is a taut, herbal, savoury white with refreshing acidity, a nutty, salty tang and hints of white flowers and fresh pears. One of number of great Roussillon selections from Joie de Vin."
Domaine La Toupie Fine Fleur 2017, AOP Cotes de Roussillon. 14.5%Jerome Collas produces mostly red wine, but he has a few parcels of 50 year old Grenache and Macabeu vines at high altitude (350 metres). Historically these were used to produce sweet fortified wine for the French market. Today he produces very little sweet wine and uses most of these grapes to produce an amazing dry white wine. The juice (45% Grenache Gris, 25% Grenache Blanc, 25% Macabeu) is fermented in new French oak barrels. Hints of flowers, almonds and white fruits. Crisp and refreshing finish. A delightful style of wine rarely found in the UK. Rated 89-91 by Parker's Wine Advocate Tim Atkin wrote of the 2015 wine:
David William's Wine Gang wine of the month August 2016: "A quite deliciously complex dry white where honey, nuts and fleshy peachy orchard fruit is balanced by a pulsing undertow of minerals and racy citrus fruit. Gastronomic wine as the French would say, that would work very well with creamy white meat dishes or herby chicken"