On Christmas day we started the festivities with this light and bright white from a favorite producer, the 2013 “Bel-Arme” Cassis Blanc. I was first introduced to Clos Ste. Magdeleine while in Provence last summer so I was excited to try their other white. It’s a similar blend of Marsanne, Ugni Blanc, Clairette, and Bourboulenc in slightly different percentages. The “Bel-Arme” grapes come from a specific plot of land; old vines and low yields make this a labor of love for the winery.
The nose is slightly floral with a touch of citrus, the palette is slightly richer with a clean, mineral finish.