A lovely white wine from Maison Williams Chase this is an expertly made blend of Vermentino (Rolle) and Viognier. Called "Papillon", French for butterfly, the name alludes to the metamorphosis which takes place producing a truly special wine after months of skilled and delicate work. William Chase obtained the small domaine of Chateau Constantin in 2012 and are producing innovative and very enjoyable, first class wines overseen by head winemaker, Dale Clarke. The grapes for Papillon come from old vines planted on the highest point in the domaine where the terroir has a rich minerality surrounded by undisturbed forests and local Herbes de Provence. You can sense this in the wine!
White flowers, honeysuckle, citrus fruits and essence of peach combine on the nose. There's a very pleasant peachy texture on the tongue with crispness and citrusy notes (perhaps a touch of lemon peel). Nice dry minerality with a trace of dried herbs and long lasting flavour. Serve on its own or with Sardines, fish with lemon or lime or shellfish - just wonderful.
It fully reflects the Maison Williams Chase principal of wines produced to a standard, not to a price. Wonderful value!
France, Luberon, 2014, 13% abv.