Last weekend found us drinking some delicious and elegant white wines from Bellet and the Riviera Ligure di Ponente – watch this space for a post on Vermentino / Rolle / Pigato coming soon. Midweek, however, we are looking for well-made, reasonably priced wines, so this week’s offering from Aix en Provence fits the bill perfectly.
Domaine des Oullières‘ Harmonie Blanc is a wine I’ve often picked up on the way out of Yapp Brothers, a specialist importer of French wines here in the UK, for whom I do the odd bit of work from time to time. A blend of Rolle (aka Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc, it seems to tick the right boxes with many a journalist. For me, the herb and pepper notes on the palate are key alongside a subtle tinge of orchard fruit. It’s great to find a source of typical, well-made, but not over-priced white provençal wine like this one, and the Domaine makes a good rosé with the same ‘rapport qualité-prix’. We drank the white with a chilled courgette and basil soup on a balmy evening, and it is made for such local favourites as pissaladière, tapenade toasts or seafood stew. Looks like I’ll be buying another bottle to confirm and indulge in these most provençal of pairings. Santé!