2015 Domaine Begude Grüner Veltliner "Exotique" Pays d'Oc

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Domaine Begude is a small, family-owned property located high in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the Limoux region of the Languedoc. The long, cool growing season lends itself perfectly to the production of crisp and delicate wines, all organically certified by Ecocert & NOP. The "Exotique" is 100% Grüner Veltliner, a grape not authorized for cultivation in France. James Kinglake, owner of Begude, wanted to experiment so he sought out cuttings from his friend Markus Huber of Huber winery located in the Traisental region of Austria. The experiment succeeded, and it has become a bit of a cult sensation as a Secret Wine of the South. On the label it only reads GV, which the government believes means "Grand Vin," but we know differently. The wine is classic Grüner, with crisp yellow apple and spiced pear notes. It has great acidity and a touch more roundness, similar to a wine from Wachau. It follows in the tradition of great Grüners for a remarkably reasonable price. (Keith Mabry, K&L French Regional Buyer)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
Bright with balanced acid and notes of nectarine, melon, and a hint of Meyer lemon, the slightly peppery yet easygoing Begude Exotique (secretly Grüner Veltliner) is a quenching porch pounder shining with sophistication and a minerally, dry finish. A stellar find from Limoux that will drink well throughout summer and beyond.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/13/2016 | Send Email
This special little oddity is so familiar yet not quite what you'd expect. Gruner apply and subtle mineral quality paired with a building fresh herbal quality and a great dry stony note on the finish. Totally fun and priced to give Austrian liters some heat.

By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Now for something completely different. James Kinglake, owner of Begude, made an end run around the authorized French varieties when he brought cuttings of this grape from a fellow winemaker in Austria. One sip and you will appreciate the clandestine brilliance of his maneuver, for this is an elegant, tantalizing rendition—vibrant, dry, light-bodied, suffused with telltale white pepper, green melon and lentil flavors, finishing with a note of celery and cucumber. This complex wine would be well-paired with a stir-fry of Asian noodles, vegetables and pork.
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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2016 | Send Email
Since the government does not recognize Gruner Veltliner as an allowed varietal in the south of France, this "illegal" planting is developing its own folklore. James Kinglake received cuttings from his friend Markus Huber from the Traisental region of Austria and decided to go for it planting on the sly. What James has created is not your straight forward liter bottle styled Gruner from Austria, but a more serious style with underlying flavors of Japanese melon, lemon curd and peppery watercress. Get it before the Feds catch on!

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Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.


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Alcohol Content (%): 12