The 2018 IGP Val de Montferrand Grande Cuvée Blanc is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 25% Viognier and 10% each Sauvignon Gris and Petit Manseng. The toasty notes from the barrel-fermented Chardonnay harmonize nicely with the floral aspects of the Viognier, leaving space for notes of pear, melon and stone fruit. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is plump and silky, with just a touch of barrel showing through on the long, mouthwatering finish.
Score: 92 points -- Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate, 2020
You'll find the Domaine de l'Hortus in a valley at the heart of the wild garrigue some 30 kms to the north of Montpellier. The Pic Saint Loup legend was born here. Nestling at the heart of the terroir, the limestone scree covered craggy slopes of the Pic Saint Loup and the Hortus plateau have, over the centuries, evolved to form today's complex geology and protect the land from turbulent climatic variations. The property thrives in this remarkable environment. It's a unique terroir, the emblem for the Appellation and the country, where man has lived since time began. The Orliac family made their home here, devoting passion, knowledge and patience to their sole ambition : to bring this corner of paradise to life whilst creating one of the Languedoc's best wines.