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2022 Méditerranée Blanc

Clos Sainte Magdeleine
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This herbaceous and most thirst-quenching new arrival hails from the jaw-dropping seaside estate of Clos Sainte Magdeleine, where sheer limestone cliffs rise out of bright blue waters beneath the jagged face of Cap Canaille. The bluffs here endure a never-ending sea wind that winemaker Jonathan Sack likens to “being at the helm of a ship.” The scent of wildflowers, cypress, herbs, and sea salt mingle languidly on the perpetual breeze.
     A 50/50 assemblage of Ugni Blanc and Vermentino, this balanced blend manages to expertly capture the best of both grapes. The Ugni Blanc imparts citrusy freshness and zippy acidity, while the Vermentino brings a lush texture and aromatic complexity. In tandem, the two varieties create a white that breaks the mold entirely for what we’ve come to expect from this magical stretch of Provençal coastline.
     To create a white so distinctly different from its sea-kissed siblings, Jonathan sources the grapes from high-altitude vines in the nearby village of Ceyreste, about 400 meters above sea level. Jonathan says, “The new site sits in what is considered the start of continental Provence—far from the urbanization of the coast, yet still within reach of marine winds which regularly sweep through.”
     A stimulating counterpart to their already stellar lineup of refreshing rosés and mineral whites, this charming blend will enliven the palate and ensnare the senses—be it a solo act at apéro hour or a dynamic at-table entertainer. An obvious match for fresh seafood like Dungeness crab cocktail or ahi tacos, it is sure to enliven your winter table alongside hearty bitter salads or herbaceous soups.

Madison H. Brown

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 50% Ugni blanc, 50% Vermentino
Appellation: I.G.P. Méditerranée
Country: France
Region: Provence
Producer: Clos Sainte Magdeleine
Winemaker: Jonathan Sack
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About The Region

Provence

map of Provence

Perhaps there is no region more closely aligned with the history to Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant than Provence. Provence is where Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters, lived, and introduced Kermit to the great producers of Provence, most importantly Domaine Tempier of Bandol. Kermit also spends upwards of half his year at his home in a small town just outside of Bandol.

Vitis vinifera first arrived in France via Provence, landing in the modern day port city of Marseille in the 6th century BC. The influence of terroir on Provençal wines goes well beyond soil types. The herbs from the pervasive scrubland, often referred to as garrigue, as well as the mistral—a cold, drying wind from the northwest that helps keep the vines free of disease—play a significant role in the final quality of the grapes. Two more elements—the seemingly ever-present sun and cooling saline breezes from the Mediterranean—lend their hand in creating a long growing season that result in grapes that are ripe but with good acidity.

Rosé is arguably the most well known type of wine from Provence, but the red wines, particularly from Bandol, possess a great depth of character and ability to age. The white wines of Cassis and Bandol offer complexity and ideal pairings for the sea-influenced cuisine. Mourvèdre reigns king for red grapes, and similar to the Languedoc and Rhône, Grenache, Cinsault, Marsanne, Clairette, Rolle, Ugni Blanc among many other grape varieties are planted.

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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

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