Andrew Guard

2018 Maxime Magnon Corbières Blanc 'La Bégou'

La Bégou is produced from 90% Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc, it’s piercingly fresh and floral with faint hints at pear and stone, the fact that the grapes were grown at altitude keeps this wine tight, fine and mineral. In fact you could be forgiven for thinking that this had a good slug of the finest Chablis in it such is it's moreish flavour and mineral nature. Super!

Up in the wild, scrubby landscape of the Corbières is one of the most talented young vignerons in France; shy, modest and honest he rents 10 hectares of vines in and around Villeneuve des Corbières at about 300m above sea level and nestled well into the mountains.

He has Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah planted in the schist and limestone soils; some of the vines are more than a hundred years old! For white wine he has Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc which he blends to produce a single cuvee each year.

Following the fermentation the wines are all élevaged in cement tanks and old barrels before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Maxime learned his winemaking from one of the best in France; Jean Foillard from the Beaujolais. You can see the influence in his wine too. Delicious, velvety and juicy fresh they burst with beautiful perfume and life  - these brilliant wines could win over the most jaded palates and will bring a smile to even the most obstinately weary drinker.