(2020) The very first vintage of Cirque Nord and that north-facing site on clay, this wine still shows those vibrant and quite lucious tropical fruit characters, though there's a definite creaminess to this too, and a spine of salty, energising acidity still that suggest it has some longevity yet. Even at six years old, showing a lot of poise and a lot of class. No UK stockists, but the wine sells for around 30€ in France.
(2020) From a particularly warm vintage, this still displays that tropical, mango and pineapple lusciousness of fruit, a hint of honeysuckle and smoothing layer of almond or oatmeal. Quite full, an extra touch of alcohol adding to the power and richness, but the inherent acidity of these grapes and this north-orientated terroir adds ample cut and support. A full and ripe wine - the fullest and ripest of this small selection - but still very nicely balanced and hugely enjoyable.
(2020) Olivier says 2017 was a great vintage for their white wines, "Maybe one of the best I've ever seen," and a big vintage too, the cooler conditions suiting this wine. It certainly has an edge compared to the 2016, a vibrant, shimmering brightness to the expected exotic fruit character. It is a vivacious wine onto the palate too, sparky acidity and tension playing beautifully against the fruit density and ripe sweetness, very juicy and long. This vintage is just coming into the UK market. Price and stockist for previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Tank sample. Beautifully creamy nose, hinting at custard, with a melon skin and lemon rind touch of waxiness and subtle lanolin quality, a hint of something more tropical too. A lovely blast of orange fruit on the palate, really juicy and citrussy, but more orange than lemon, the little bit of vanillin barrel rounding the picture. Beautifully balanced into a long, taut finish showing a little spice and a touch of saline quality. Not yet on the market, and will develop more from its primary fruit characte. Lovely and full of potential, my score a touch cautious because this was a tank sample. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
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