2013 Domaine de l'Hortus, Bergerie de l'Hortus Blanc, Classique

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In the valley beneath the eponymous Pic of St Loup, the soils have a little more alluvium and clay. The wines do not lack for charm, however. Nor indeed for complexity, as the following blend will demonstrate; 30% Roussanne, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Viognier, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Chardonnay, 5% Petit Manseng and 5% Bourboulenc. You are probably wishing that you hadn’t asked! Elevage is reassuringly simple after all that; in stainless steel. The young wine is dominated by fresh nettly Sauvignon aromas but complexity and texture certainly inform the palate, where one detects greengage, verben