Sommelier note: Lidewij van Wilgen started a new life when she left her career as a successful marketing executive in The Netherlands to become a “farmer” and winemaker in the Languedoc. She moved with her 3 young daughters, and, in 2002, bought her beautiful domaine. The vineyards were restored, the wine cellar renovated and lots of energy was put into rebuilding the main house so she would have a place for her family to live. Now Lidewij is one of the ‘Leading Ladies of Languedoc’ and is highly regarded as one of the top ‘Viticultrices’ (female winemakers) by Jancis Robinson and many other wine writers. The ‘Terroir’ speaks in her wines, all made by from organic, hand picked grapes.
“La Diva Blanche” is a true star here in the range and is treated accordingly. In the vineyard you can find fossils from oysters indicating this land once was covered by the sea. These fossils give lots of minerality and a nice freshness to this wine. 50% of the juice will ferment on large 500 liter oak barrels called ‘demi-muids’ with classic ‘battonage’ taking place on a daily basis. This means the wine is hand stirred from above with a stick to enhance flavors from the yeast. The other 50% is vinified and matured on tank. Blending these 2 wines gives a rich complexity to the wine with notes of honey and fresh flowers in the nose and a subtle, elegant touch of oak in the back. Lovely mouth coating without being heavy. A beauty!