Located northwest of Avignon on the more rural right-bank side of the Rhône Valley. Marl and chalk soil characterizes the small (2,000 acre) appellation. For the last 20 years, Longval has been owned by Jean-Claude Garcin and his family, who brought their skills as agriculturalists and nurserymen to this historic estate. Located on the banks of a small stream just outside the village, the winery occupies the venerable old mill pictured on the label.
The 2011 Domaine Longval, a 50% Grenache Blanc, 20% old vine Clairette , and the remainder Bourbelenc and Ugni Blanc blend, offers an amazing amount of honeyed citrus fruit flavors for its lowly price. This heady, fragrant, ripe, fresh, medium-bodied, dry white wine should be drunk over the next year. Buy it by the case. Domaine Longval has an enviable track record in France as a perennial crowd-pleaser. Get this in your glass and you will see why.
$9.99 per bottle or $101.90/case ($8.49)