Dominique Hauvette had a day job as a lawyer, but wine came calling in the mid-1980s and she left her job for a domaine in Provence. She now has 17 hectares of vines (biodynamically farmed since 2000) and makes her wines naturally. This is a really lovely textural white that delivers richness but also freshness.
Domaine Hauvette Dolia 2013 IGP Alpilles, Provence, France
12.5% alcohol. This is Marsanne, Roussanne and Clairette from limestone-rich soils, aged in concrete eggs (she was one of the first to use these). Deep yellow in colour, this has lovely aromas of toast, marzipan, peach and citrus, with richness but also freshness, and harmony. The palate is smoothly textured with ripe yellow fruits and a really seamless feel in the mouth. There’s some crystalline fruit on the finish: very expressive and fine with lovely detail. 94/100 (UK agent Les Caves de Pyrene)
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