Dry white made from the rare Ondenc grape variety. This textural salty-savoury white is superb and comes from a small parcel of this obscure, ancient Tarn variety that was originally planted in 1983 (a time when Ondenc was almost extinct). Plageoles started with just two rows of vines rooted in the argilo-calcaire of Cahuzac-sur-Vère, though the plantings have gradually increased over the years. As the Ondenc is naturally high in acidity and particularly susceptible to botrytis, there is also a sweet wine made. This wine is simply whole bunch pressed and fermented wild in concrete before being bottled unfiltered. Made from very low-yields, there’s a subtle Chenin like quality, but also loads of quince and white peach fruit, as well as intense sage and foresty notes. The finish offers hints of iodine and some Grüner like spice in the mix. It’s textural, round and tangy–totally original.
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