Beautifully clear with green reflections. Intense nose of apricot, vine peach and rose. Very aromatic and floral. Powerful and generous on the palate with a remarkable finish, persistent, fresh and fruity.
The soil, composed of chalky ‘terres blanches’, is ideal for the Viognier grape. Control of yields via optimal management of nutrition and de-budding. It spends 4 months in stainless steel vats. Batonnage on the lees to accentuate the plumpness on the palate.
Pretty aromas of yellow fruits such as peaches, citrus & pineapple with hints of linden and chamomile. The palate is lively, fruity and well-balanced, with good length. 10% oak gives a lightly toasted bread finish.
A wonderfully aromatic wine, with masses of juicy raspberry and black cherry fruit on the palate, married to intensely juicy cherry kernel/citrus acidity and tea-like tannins, though this time with the savouriness more on the meaty than herby side. Once again a really mouth-watering and beautifully balanced wine. The flavours are rich and ripe and, with time in the glass, developing more in the way of dark, fruit pastille flavours, with a hint of black olive savouriness, leading to a long, tangy finish. Another really lovely wine.
100% Grenache Noir, harvested from various vineyards in the Roussillon is then partially fermented and spirit added to create a port like red wine, but with softer tannins and lower alcohol 16%. Sweet, fruity and a joy with chocolate.
Expert winemaking from Guy Vanlancker produces this fantastic Tempranillo from the the exceptional terroir of his L'Infer vineyard in Minervois. Full bodied, rounded red fruits and subtle savoury nuances.
La Combe Blanche is a small estate located in the heart of the Cru La Livinière, the first vintage of Languedoc. The vines spread over the small terroir of the hamlet of Calamiac are composed of a multitude of grape varieties, The wine is dark and brilliant, with a deep cherry red colour and brightness. Its intense and slightly wild nose reminds of black fruits, violet, with a smoky nuance. Fresh and delicious, the palate shows a tasty tannin and a beautiful aromatic length.
A blend of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc and 10% Mauzac, this is a bright and lively white, with attractive aromas of white flower, clover, pear flesh and lightly grilled peach. The medium-weight palate is remarkably balanced, with ample acidity to lift the ripe apple, pear and citrus flavors, finishing with a kiss of sweet spice.
Classic Picpoul de Pinet with a pretty floral nose, very refreshing on the palate and an attractive grapefruit and lemon peel finish. This is a really lovely vintage from our friends at Domaine de Castelnau, great growers of Picpoul de Pinet.
Super-tangy, bracing nose chock-full of character. This producer's unusually good still Mauzac helps to interpret the fizz and this wine really benefits from not being sweetened up the way so many Blanquettes de Limoux are. Very substantial undertow. Tastes like a mix of confit lemons and metal polish - in a good way! Firm and long. Real grip on the palate. A really interesting sparkling wine with its own unique character. GV
90-92 Wine Advocate 'The 2013 Saint Chinian Elise is a full-bodied, concentrated blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache, from a parcel selection of schist soils, that’s raised all in barrels. Black raspberries, white pepper, cherry pits and exotic flowers are just some of the nuances here, and this beauty hits the palate with no hard edges, notable purity and a great finish. It too will have a decade or overall longevity. 2016-2023+. '
A Traditional Banyuls, sweet, complex and marvellous, aged partly in glass bonbonnes which are exposed to the sun to achieve rancio characters, and part in old foudre. Banyuls Robert Pages is a blend of Grenache (90%) and Grenache Gris (10%). With 80 g/l residual sugar, this traditional style is a striking, fleshy wine with complex aromas of baked plums, dried figs, bitter orange, coffee, vanilla and spices. Incredibly complex and layered, the palate is opulent, round and sweet yet with a fresh and pure nutty finish. It is an excellent match with blue cheeses such as Roquefort or Gorgonzola or with a cheese plate in general.
This is our own labelled house wine and one of our best sellers. Typically juicy, with lots of delicious red fruits, a lick of oak adding some vanilla, and soft tannins at the finish. Every mouthful is so enjoyable.
100% Mauzac from one parcel at 300 m on a plateau of Eocene molasse (marl, sandstone, schist, pebbles). In final year of conversion to organic certification, natural cover cropping. Yields 32 hl/ha. 60-year-old vines. Hand-sorted, only best free-run juice used. Fermented and aged in seasoned oak barrels with occasional bâtonnage. RS 0 g/l, TA 3.39 g/l, pH 3.29.
This Syrah blend with soft black fruits and spice has been shaped by the sunbaked rocky soils of the Languedoc hinterland. A herbal, spicy bouquet is followed by youthful red cherries and supple mineral character derived from the schist rich soils.
1star Guide Hachette " Pascale Riviere fell in love with the Causse de Montpeyroux where he planted his vineyard. Herehe makes La Pimpanela - "peony" in Occitan - which also means, a cunning and smart girl ... This 2011 plays abig game of seduction: bright garnet colour, nose of cocoa, spice, blackberry jam and blackcurrant bud. Ripe palate, lively and rich, no lack of structure. For a rib of beef and homemade fries.
89 points Wine Advocate "a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre that was brought up all in concrete tanks. It has a classic, slightly earthy style in its leather, sweet black and blue fruits and peppery herb aromas and flavors. This gives way to a plump, sweetly fruited, mouthfilling red that's ideal for drinking over the coming 3-4 years."
"Grenache Gris and Blanc, unoaked. Beautifully fresh, precise, mineral and saline with nice precision. Fresh, vivid and textured with nice citrus fruit drive. This is so bright and linear, but also has complexity and mouthfeel. Has a lovely tension, with an expanding finish". 94/100 Jamie Goode wineanorak.com
A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre with a light touch of oak from ageing in older barriques. The Mourvedre is noticeable in the aroma of leather.Full mouth, velvety soft, aromatic purity of fruit, flowers and wood.
75% Syrah, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Grenache on clay-limestone soils. Yields 25 hl/ha. Hand-picked, traditional fermentation. Aged for 12 month in tanks and old oak. TA 3.3 g/l, pH 3.76, RS <0.4 g/l. Total SO2 43 mg/l. Unfined but very loosely filtered.
Big purple nose, some boudin noir and iron underlying the fruit. You can taste the iron (should be a tonic for the anaemic!) but the fruit tastes redder and sharper and with much more tang than on the nose. Tamarind, membrillo, roasted morels and woodland humus. Mouth-watering freshness. Dry tannins that feel like well-brewed tea leaves. So whole, so substantial without heaviness that it feels like you should have a glass of this a day for the sake of your health. GV. 16.5/20 jancisrobinson.com
A big favourite of ours for a decade from one of our handful of world-class Roussillon growers.
"It says Mourvèdre on the front label but it's actually only 75% of that rich, spicy variety, apparently, plus 20% Syrah and 5% Grenache. Yield was only 20 hl/ha on pebbly clay-limestone at 150–200 m in the middle of the Aspres cru. Aged for 12 months in American oak barriques (20% new). Total SO2 47 mg/l. The back label says 14% but the tech spec says 13.4% alcohol.
Deep healthy crimson. Headily scented ripe blackberry cordial (Mourvèdre all right!). Admirably fresh palate with a lightness of touch. Gentle, approachable fruit with an interesting undertow. Racy. (Which is good!) A certain meatiness in Mourvèdre vein but not excessively warm and alcoholic. Quite long. A very pleasing whole." 16.5/20 Tamlyn Currin jancisrobinson.com
Mineral, taught. Fine and long. One of the unsung whites of the Roussilloin. A blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Carignan Gris and Carignan Blanc. Outstanding wine. Ages gracefully for 10++ years. Beautiful vineyards that are beautifully worked.
Wonderful new cuvee from the brilliant Daniel and Cathy Laffite based in Tautavel. These guys have some of the most beautiful vineyards we have ever seen, and they are worked with utmost care and respect in an organic way. Glorious Grenache and Carignan deliver so much pleasure with beautiful fruit, great minerality and supple, savoury tannins. DELICIOUS.