Llum, meaning light in the German translation, is an exquisite cuvée of the varieties Grenache Gris, Macabeu and, in the current vintage, Grenache Blanc. The former was planted in 1919, while the latter was planted in 2008. They are grown on pure slate soil in the beautiful Piémont Pyrénéen region, fermented spontaneously and then matured in used wooden barrels.
An appealing straw yellow characterises the robe.
The Llum reveals its aromatic complexity, reminiscent of an ode to light. Travelling through the South of France, we often encounter white wines that stand out for their robust, intense, powerful and weighty characteristics. Yet, Marjorie Gallet decides to break the geographical mould and conjures up a wine more expected of Burgundies - using indigenous southern French varieties. The bouquet of the Llum is characterised by aromas of salty citrus fruits, white tea, a hint of jasmine and fresh fennel. These are joined by subtle woody nuances and a light, iodine-like breeze in combination with the suffling scent of crushed stone.
On the palate, the Llum unfolds a fine texture of creaminess, caused by the prolonged yeast storage. Once again, hints of wood, nut and caramel waft through, but remain discreetly in the background. More prominent, however, are the bright, powerful citrus notes, the fennel-green flavour, the white cassis and the salt. The wine combines impressive flavour tension, freshness and a swelling juiciness, which makes it clear that its development is still far away.
As an alternative to baked chicken with Sriracha mayo and lemon, try fried fish with herb butter and lemon. Instead of the summer spring rolls with hoisin, an Asian mango salad would be a good choice. Instead of the grilled sea bream with fennel-lemon orange salad, I recommend asparagus with smoked salmon and lemon dill vinaigrette.
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Marjorie et Stéphane Gallet, 1 Route de Montner, 66720 Latour de France / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-10