Domaine Balansa Coume de Malies
Grapes: Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Carignan Blanc, Carignan Gris, Vermentino, Blanqutte
Domaine Balansa is the project of Céline and Alexandre Peyre in Hautes-Corbieres, Languedoc. They farm 14 hectares of old-vines that have been in the Peyre family for several generations, scattered over the multi-faced hillsides of on loose, flaky schist at 140-280 metres altitude in the Hautes-Corbieres. They have been organic since 2013 and biodynamic since 2018, gaining certification in 2021. Their wines are typified by both the sunny, windy Mediterranean climate and the surrounding maquis scrubland. Work in the cellar is gentle and extractions are kept low for soft, pure-fruited wines, bottled with little to no sulphur.
This is a dynamic blend of Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Carignan Blanc, Carignan Gris, Vermentino, and Blanqutte, with a 3 day cold maceration before pressing directly, fermented in stainless steel and aged in concrete tank. Unfined, unfiltered, with minimal sulphur at bottling. A radiant wine, with white fruits and blossom on the nose and bruised stone fruit, garrigue and a lick of citrusy salinity on the palate, backed by supple tannins and nice acidity.