The terraced vineyards of the Côtes de Thau slope gently up from the western shores of the Étang de Thau (the seawater lagoon which is France's famous source of oysters and mussels) and comprise of limestone clay and red sandstone. Lying close to the sea tempers the severe heat of this part of southern France, allowing even ripening of Grenache Blanc and Terret Blanc. Grapes are harvested at night, destemmed before gentle pressing and fermented at low temperatures to preserve the aromas.
Delicate and refreshing, with a lively citrus character from Terret Blanc (a relative of Picpoul) and iodine notes typical of wines from this coastal terroir. Tasty and well-balanced, this is a good example of an interesting IGP from the Côtes de Thau in the Languedoc.
Along the shores of the Étang de Thau are cabins serving freshly shucked oysters and mussels cooked in large pans over open fires - the prefect match. Grilled fish or prawns would also work well, as would summer salads.