Le Blanc qui Tente
I like Stephanie Roussel, and I like her wines. Two weeks ago I tasted her newest reds at Laurent Mélotte and talked to her in person, and she seemed somebody as vivid and interesting as her wines. She did not bring her "Blanc qui Tente", the "white that teases", sold out unfortunately, but i remembered then that somewhere in the depths of my cave there was still a bottle hanging around.
A 100% semillon of very old vines in the Côtes de Marmandais, a small appellation in the Sud-Ouest, close to the vineyards of the Entre-Deux-Mers, this bottle was a surprise from the first to the last. You don't get 100% semillon's very often, and Stephanie belongs to the Vins Naturels movement, those non-interventionist winemakers that are currenty the hype of the moment. So no filtration, no artificial yeast and no sulphur. The nose was very herbal, with liquorice, but also with apricot and wax. Long and fresh finish, excellent, even lush, and a very special wine. A bit like Stéphanie, I guess.
I bought a lot of the red Lassolle's and will keep you informed about them. By the way, the price of this white was 8,84 euro, and the wine was made with grapes from the 2007 harvest. www.truegreatwines.be for Belgium.