Natural, biodynamic and vegan. 50% each Grenache and Carignan from old vines, made without filtering or fining. Red fruit, cherries, juicy with a slightly earthy quality, almost carob-esque. Great drinking.
100% Muscat, naturally fermented then mutage employed with spirit. Rich, opulent, thick and beautifully scented. Really clean and fresh none of the harshness and fire that you can get with this style. Sophisticated.
Fresh passion fruit on the nose - not what I expected from Muscat! - then a bit of crushed apple mint. There is gorgeous freshness and life in this wine still. The passion fruit persists on the palate, but not in a fat tropical sense - it's etched with lemony acidity and tingles, crystalline sharp.
"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
"Carignan, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Tank blend. This shows lovely poise and balance with a classy savoury mineral edge to the focused red and black fruits. Compact and with good structure, but already meshing well. Lovely acidity here. A very complete wine of real seriousness". 94/100 Jamie Goode wineanorak.com
"Planted in 1905. Fresh, vivid, stony and gravelly with lovely lush black cherry fruit held in savoury tension with notes of minerals and tar and blood. There’s very little clay here, and the result is tannins that are almost brittle: the opposite of a clay soil wine. Has a bracing, fresh tannic structure. Delicate and fine for a Carignan". 94/100 Jamie Goode wineanorak.com
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.
Guy Vanlanker's best cuvée (and still under £20 - one of the best wines in the Languedoc!) from low yielding Syrah and Grenache vines. 24 months in old oak gives the wine time to shed its tannic cloak. This is a wine of power, elegance and depth, a real Grand Cru of the region.
Another cracking vintage of this fresh and aromatic - easy drinking - white from the Languedoc-Roussillon with delicate fruit and a bright finish. The Vermentino is concentrated and characterful with delicate aromatics.
The latest addition to the estate's collection is a limited edition range designed as an ode to Domaine Gayda’s spirit of creativity and inventiveness. 80% Syrah, 20% Cinsault. Dark fruit aromas and flavours define this smooth red wine.
Victoria Moore writes (of the 2013 vintage) "a favourite all-rounder red. It’s merlot made precisely à point; there’s a juicy generosity, but also a refreshing leafiness: redcurrant leaves and lightly stewed damsons."
16.5 Jancis Robinson "Hand picked. 40% Syrah from La Livinière, Corbières and Roussillon; 40% Grenache Noir from the same sources;10% Carignan from La Livinière and Corbières; and 10% Mourvèdre from La Livinière. Aged in used barriques for nine months. Bright, dense crimson. Very savoury and appetising. Lovely blend with nothing out of place. Mouth-filling and juicy with just a hint of the smoothness and mineral quality of ink. Almost tastes as though there were a drop of Cabernet Franc in here. Lovely current drinking. Good Value"
Explosion of red fruits on the nose, including raspberry, cherry and ripe strawberry. The palate is smooth and rich with very soft tannins and clean acidity. This is medium bodied with a pleasing finish.
Cinsault is one of Languedoc’s ancient grape varieties, on the verge of extinction and which, wrongly, has been much maligned. When grown in a quality vineyard site and deftly crafted in the winery, it produces very compelling, refined red wines. This is a crisp, fresh, silky wine, underscored by very fine tannins.
100% Chenin Blanc grown at 350–380 m on Eocene molasse with marl, sandstone, schist and pebbles. In conversion to organic. Vines 20–50 years old, yields 45 hl/ha. From three parcels, vinified separately. Hand-sorted, only the best free-run juice used. Fermented and aged in seasoned oak barrels. Coarse filter. RS 1.4 g/l, pH 3.19, TA 4.75 g/l. Bottled 6 June 2020. 4,600 bottles.
Made by Simon Coulshaw of the minimal-intervention school. Biodynamic farming although not certified. 100% Roussanne planted on their highest vineyards, a steep north-facing slope in the foothills of the Cévennes mountains. Isolated vineyards surrounded by herbaceous shrub and woodland on schist and basalt boulders. Hand-picked at 20-25 hl/ha, Five days' on skins then 48 hours of cold settling before racking. Spontaneous fermentation, no enzymes, no fining, minimal sulphur and sulphites. Carbon dioxide nap used to avoid oxidation.
Smells of mimosa and cold pebbles. So tight it's as if the fruit has been hot-waxed onto the palate. Wild, wild fruit and flowers, all hedgerow and fields. Iodine and salt, dust and dry bricks, saffron and yuzu. So much texture it's like licking chalk-dusted rose petals. Fascinating wine, that changes as you sit with it, like sunset dropped into a kaleidoscope, like light on water. Masses of undertow, savoury and sweet. GV (TC) jancisrobinson.com
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.
This wine boasts a lovely deep ruby-red colour and a concentrated bouquet revealing notes of ripe fruit and mild spices. It is a well-structured wine, fleshy on the palate and with hints of liquorice to finish.
This Syrah blend with soft black fruits and spice has been shaped by the sunbaked rocky soils of the unmistakable and very definate Faugeres terroir. A herbal, spicy bouquet is followed by youthful red cherries and supple mineral character derived from the schist rich soils. One of our greatest value wines.
Treloar's newest wine - a 100% Muscat fermented on its skins like a red wine.
So, technically an orange wine, although it's pale lemon and clear, so not what you would guess - by appearance or nose - to be an orange wine. And it smells extraordinarily of roses - not Gewurz-like rose, which has a candied, rose-petal-essence kind of character, but the smell that you would only know if you've been lucky enough to bury your nose in the blousy, intense-pink exuberance of the Gertrude Jekyll English rose. It's a fresh fresh old-fashioned rose smell. Kumquats on the palate, and dry ginger spice, and Asian pears and borage. Gentle, floral, but not loose. Soft but structured, like a feather: vane and quill. You can feel the tannins, gently pressing into the wine like a child's palm. A fabulous addition to the Treloar stable - full of foodie possibilities... It will be interesting to see how it ages. I may have massively underestimated the cellaring potential. GV ." Tamlyn Currin 16.5/20 jancisrobinson.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
Serious quality. Beautiful wine. Named after the Bruce Springteen song "Promised Land". A wild-ferment wine made from Macabeu, Grenache gris and Carignan blanc. Fermented and aged on lees in barrels for 9 months. It has a complex nose of river stones, quince and buttered toast. The palate combines flavours of pears and citrus with a long, spicy finish. Just brilliant. Top marks.
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.