Clos d’Yvigne

By | October 22, 2006

Clos d’Yvigne from Majestic is an interesting wine. It’s maker, Patricia Atkinson, had moved to France without planning on being a winemaker, knowing anything about it, or speaking French, but a series of unfortunate events, documented in her books, The Ripening Sun and La Belle Saison, meant that winemaking seemed like a sensible way forward.

I had a bottle of Clos d’Yvigne ‘Princesse de Cleves’ 2005 Bergerac Blanc Sec 2005. It’s made from a happy blend of sauvignon blanc, sémillon and muscadelle. It’s a pale lemon colour with good legs.

It smells fresh and fruity with a quite intense hit of florality. It’s dry, with a mineral acidity. It feels surprisingly full in the mouth with lots of lemons and grapefruits and some slightly bitter grassiness.

13.5% alcohol adds to the fullness, but is well balanced into the wine. It’s good with food as it stands up well. We had it with grilled tuna.

It costs around £6-7, which probably includes about a quid for the added romanticism of planning your own escape to run your own vineyard in the sun. It’s worth it.

2 thoughts on “Clos d’Yvigne

  1. winemonkey

    Isn’t it funny that the wine world is littered with folks that moved to wine country with no intention of making wine. Must be something in the air. 🙂

  2. Brian Monks

    Wouldn’t we all love to quit our day job to do just that? Nice story, I’ll keep an eye out for it here in Belgium

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