From Montmains fruit.
Yellow-gold. A gallimaufry of a nose: yellow tropical and stone fruit, rowan, tansy, iodine, rainwater and caraway. A little cheesy in a yeasty way with a topnote of botrytis. Much more fruit than we were expecting on the palate. Glyceric and carnal texturally, with hints of sucrosite and a bit of heat on the finish: soursop, Hi-C peach puree, key lime.
Underneath the fruit exoticism lies the oyster shell minerality we were expecting. But it behaves like the acidity in this wine: it gives the impression of sitting side by side with the fruit, not integrated within a harmonious whole. So: interesting for its Dauvissat character but a bit disjointed and ungainly.
Ox – no. Off-bottle – yes. Wasn’t purchased on release: I just picked up this single bottle to try last month from one of the local retailers here. Drink up.