Latest white wine reviews from Jancis Robinson
Two beautifully descriptive and flattering reviews of our white wines La Terre Promise and Daltonian. The reviews form part of a larger article on Languedoc-Roussillon wines which is available to subscribers to her Purple Pages site.
Daltonian, 2019, IGP Cotes Catalanes blanc 16.5/20
Treloar's newest wine: a 100% Muscat fermented on its skins like a red wine. So, technically an orange wine, although it's pale lemon and clear, so not what you would guess – by appearance or nose – to be an orange wine. And it smells extraordinarily of roses – not Gewurz-like rose, which has a candied, rose-petal-essence kind of character, but the smell that you would only know if you've been lucky enough to bury your nose in the blousy, intense-pink exuberance of the Gertrude Jekyll English rose. It's a fresh fresh old-fashioned rose smell. Kumquats on the palate, and dry ginger spice, and Asian pears and borage. Gentle, floral, but not loose. Soft but structured, like a feather: vane and quill. You can feel the tannins, gently pressing into the wine like a child's palm. A fabulous addition to the Treloar stable – full of foodie possibilities... It will be interesting to see how it ages. I may have massively underestimated the cellaring potential. Good Value (TC) 13%
Drink 2020 – 2024
La Terre Promise 2017, IGP Cotes Catalanes blanc 17.5/20
Named after the Bruce Springsteen song Promised Land. A wild-ferment wine made from 30% Maccabeu, 50% Grenache Gris and 20% Carignan Blanc. Fermented and aged on lees in barrels for six to nine months. RS 3.1 g/l, pH 3.3. Smells like warm copper! Chamomile, saffron, dried hay, dried clementine peel. Broad and strong and yet, somehow, diaphanous. Beautiful vibrating acidity that has both silk and teeth. There's real grip and texture and tenacity to this beautiful wine that has both languorous, seductive weight and shimmering brightness. Good Value (TC) 13.4%
Drink 2020 – 2025