A British winemaker working in Languedoc has created her interpretation of what a white Fitou wine would be like – if such a thing could exist.

Les Parcelles Blanc has been produced by Katie Jones of Domaine Jones, but can’t be called Fitou because the AOC’s regulations permit only red wine.

The new white has been made with small parcels of old vine Macabeu, Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc from the 2022 vintage, grown at numerous sites around the village of Tuchan in Aude.

“Our aim was to redefine expectations and showcase the diversity and capabilities of our incredible terroir,” said Jones. 

“By blending these distinct grape varieties, we’ve created a wine that captures the essence of our old vine vineyards while offering a refreshing twist on tradition. 

“If a white Fitou were to exist, this would be it. But don’t say it too loudly; it might ruffle a few feathers.”

Jones practices organic farming to preserve the role of ancient vineyards, many of which date back more than a century.

“My vines, with their gnarled, almost tortured appearance, are a testament to the rich history and terroir of our region,” Jones adds. 

“I cherish them and save them from being ripped up, allowing them the retirement they deserve through organic farming practices. 

“Their gratitude is evident in the small quantity of the very best quality grapes they produce each vintage.”

Les Parcelles Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2022 Vin de France is 13.5% abv and has an rrp of £18.

It is being imported to the UK by Loki Wine and is available direct from Domaine Jones.