La Domitienne is part of a massive coop, though privately owned by the Bonfils Family, a significant force in the Provence wine culture. The name comes from the road the Romans used to control Gaul, which today is known as France.
Very few wine areas in the world have risen in prominence in the last 30 years as much as Provence. The relatively warm temperature produced alcoholic, coarse wines that were used as blending agents for other areas in France. The only problem was that the wines were sold for less than they cost to produce.
Entrepreneurs like the Bonfils began acquiring small producers to assemble a united group that would concentrate on quality instead of quantity. What they discovered was the area had more diversity in soils than they had ever imagined and began a massive data collection process to isolate each of them.
The result was the plantings of over 100 different varietals that were new to the region and they have adapted better than what was already there. Grenache Gris was one of those new varietals introduced. It is also known as Grenache Blanc, a grape that has literally exploded on the scene in France, Spain, Italy, California, and Australia. Gris means "gray" and refers to the slightly darker skin than most white grapes. Just a little contact with the skin, and you have that lovely blush color.
Ours is true to form with outstanding bursts of tropical fruit, orange peel, and peach. It's perfect with chicken piccata or crab cakes.
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