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Debussy ‘Reverie’ Pays d’Oc 2016 Rosé, Chardonnay and Cabernet Syrah

15 May,2018

As a leading distributor in the New Zealand wine market, Red+White Cellar has a very strong range of domestic wines on which the business is based. But to complement the local wines, the company has a broad range of imported wines. some at the very top level of quality and price, but more in the accessible and value end of the market. The wines of Southern France, especially Languedoc-Roussillon have proven to be a happy hunting ground for such wines. The warm climate is conducive for ripe and generous styles and the winemaking rules allow the use of familiar international varieties in addition to the more traditional ones. Here I review three Pays d’Oc wines from Debussy under the ‘Reverie’ brand. They are flavoursome and offer good up-front style and value. www.debussywines.fr www.redwhitecellar.co.nz

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Debussy ‘Reverie’ Pays d’Oc Rosé 2016

Rose from France – Other

16.5/20

Bright, pale candyfloss pink with slight peach hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is light and delicate , quite reticent, showing soft and subtle aromas of strawberries and cherries, with hints of pomegranate and quince, unfolding red florals. The aromas are uncomplicated and gentle. Off-dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has gently fresh flavours of strawberries and cherries with quince elements and lifted red florals. A suggestion of savoury bottle development adds detail. The palate is smooth-flowing with hints of unctuousness and slippery, thirst-quenching acidity carrying the wine to a light, nuanced finish with subtle fruit richness. This is a light, off-dry rosé with delicate flavours of strawberries, cherries and florals, on a smooth, refreshing palate. Serve as an aperitif, with canapés and dim sum over the next 2 years. A saignee wine, 100% Grenache, cool-fermented to 12.0% alc., the wine aged 2 months on lees. 16.5/20 May 2018 RRP $22.95

Debussy ‘Reverie’ Pays d’Oc Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from France – Other

17.5-/20

Bright, light lemon-gold colour with a pale edge. The nose is full with bright and lively aromas of ripe citrus fruit along with yellow stonefruits intermingling with positive and up-front spicy and nutty oak elements. The aromatics have depth and volume, and unfold some lanolin-like nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fulsome with good depth a breadth of citrus fruit and stonefruit flavours enhanced by strong nutty and spicy oak elements. The flavours are mouthfilling and balanced by refreshing and lively acidity, and the wine carries with good drive and energy along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering finish of fruit and oak. This is a mouthfilling and upfront Chardonnay with bold, citrus and stonefruit flavours alongside nutty and spicy oak, on a fulsome and refreshing palate with a fine-textured line. Match with grilled and roasted poultry, pork and veal over the next 3 years. Chardonnay fruit fermented to 13.5% and matured with oak contact, the wine undergoing batonnage. 17.5-/20 May 2018 RRP $22.95

Debussy ‘Reverie’ Pays d’Oc Cabernet/Syrah 2016

Blended Red from France – Other

17+/20

Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with slight purple hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and well-packed showing plenty of presence of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits and dark plums harmoniously melded with fragrant dark herbs and suggestions of lifted, nutty oak, unveiling some earthy detail providing a little interest. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich, sweet and juicy flavours of ripe dark-red and black berried fruits with plum notes. The fruit is succulent and is underlined by light, supple, grainy tannins. The fruit forms a good core and has mouthfilling presence, with soft acidity enhancing the richness. The wine carries positively to a plush, weighty finish. This is a soft, plush and juicy Pays d'Oc Cabernet/Shiraz with ripe fruit flavours and supple tannins and good mouthfeel and weight. Match with barbecued and roasted red meat dishes over the next 3+ years. A blend of 50% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 6 months with French oak contact. 17.0+/20 May 2018 RRP $22.95

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