Badens is a sleepy Minervois village situated in the Minervois, in a vast amphitheatre lined by the Canal du Midi to the South and the Montagne Noire to the North. It is here in the intense heat of the southern sun that little else grows except the vine and olive tree. And it is here that Pierre Cros cultivates his 20 hectares of vines including the classic Southern french varieties of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, his Carignan vines dating back to 1905. However, he is something of a maverick and a thorn in the side of the AOC authorities, as most unusually, he grows the non-permitted grape varieties of Nebiolo (Italy), Touriga Nacional (Portugal) and Pinot Noir (Burgundy). True to form 'Les Costes' is an exotic blend of 44% Grenache Blanc, 34% Vermentino, 8% Piquepoul Blanc, 8% Grenache Gris et 6% Muscat a Petit Grains to be precise and makes for a refreshing aperitif.
A straw-gold in colour. Scents of green apples and apricots. On the palate, dry and fresh, yet weighty, with tart green-fruit flavours which retain the flor-like characteristics of the Vermentino. The acidity is excellent and the finish lengthy. Try with a squid salad with potatoes, tomatoes and aioli, roast lobster on a bed of artichokes or an asparagus and mushroom risotto.