Clos Rocailleux Far from the Eye 2017
English couple Jack & Margaret Reckitt's groundbreaking new wine Far From the Eye is made entirely from Len de l'El (in modern French Loin de l'Oeil), an obscure and ancient grape native to Gaillac that took a pummelling from phylloxera. It gets its name from the vine's long stems, meaning grape bunches are far from the 'eye', or vine bud. This is a dry white, but it is usually a sweet wine and where dry, blended with other grapes like Mauzac.
Our specially designed bottle shows Rob and winemaker Jack in the winery literally staring into tank samples of the unfinished wine. It's a triumph, but there are only a few hundred bottles available each year.
"A deliciously dry varietal version of Len de l'El with forward appley freshness."
Tina Gellie, Decanter Weekday Wines, November 2018 (91 points)