Specialists in the creation of premium branded southern French wines and leading French player in the international wine market exporting to over 45 countries, Badet Clément has flexed its creative muscle again with two innovative new product launches; the Domaine du Trésor range with a treasure map theme that plays on the name of the estate and a stylish Provencal- esque rosé, Clair de Gris under the Les Jamelles brand umbrella. Both of which will be available at the London Wine Fair on their stand K41.
Purchased by Badet Clément at the end of 2015, Domaine du Tresor consists of 60ha of IGP Pays d’Oc vines on the plain north of Narbonne in the former Aude riverbed. One of Badet Clément’s first vineyard acquisitions, it was bought initially to ensure the consistency of supply for their varietal IGP ranges like Les Jamelles. The plan being to also ultimately create estate branded wines.
The new Domaine du Trésor range consists of three Pays d’Oc wines (no current UK listings rrp £8-9):
Domaine du Trésor Chardonnay
Made from grapes grown in two types of warm, well-drained soil; black sand based and silt with pebbles, enabling perfect ripeness to be reached and aromas of William Pears, biscuit and popcorn to be created with an elegant style and a hint of oak gained during maturation.
Domaine du Trésor Cabernet-Syrah
Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah and inspired by the style of New World blends. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation after alcoholic fermentation once the wine is drawn off. The free-run and the press wine are aged separately and blended a few weeks before bottling.
Domaine du Trésor Gris de Gris
A pale pink rosé made from 100% Grenache Gris, very rare in the Languedoc. The grapes are picked early in the morning and pressed immediately in the winery in the middle of the vineyards to limit skin contact and ensure the pale colour. Slow fermentation at low temperatures ensures aromatic purity and balance.
Les Jamelles Clair de Gris (no current UK listings rrp £9-10)
This Pays d’Oc is a new addition to the Les Jamelles range and is made from 100% Grenache Gris, rare in the Languedoc and unique as it produces pale pink grapes and wines, the latter with grey highlights hence the wine’s name which translates as light grey. Roses, raspberries and minerality combine to create a wine that’s balanced, long and Provencal-esque in both appearance and flavour profile.
Laurent Delaunay, winemaker and President at Badet Clément comments, “l am really pleased with the first estate wines from our Domaine du Trésor which reflect the potential of the terroir.” He continues, “We always aim to make wines that correspond to current consumer trends and our new Les Jamelles Clair de Gris is unusual and perfect for UK wine drinkers who love the pale and elegant style of rosés that are made in Provence.“