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.
A blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac. Traditional method. Exclusively hand-picked with immediate pneumatic pressing. Initial fermentation takes place in thermo-regulated stainless steel vats. After assemblage a second fermentaion takes place in bottle. The wines are 'forgotten' in the cellars for 5 years. Then this Grande Cuvée is finally revealed - showing incredible freshness and great delicacy. The wine is dosed at only 5g/l. Coming in at 12% alc.
The wine is rich and complex with a beautiful golden colour with fine and very delicate bubbles. Rich caramel tones interwoven with crystalised fruit with fine vanilla and a whiff of gingerbread on the nose. The palate is delightfully youthful with accompanying citrus notes with orange oil and zest. A remarkable and truly special Cremant de Limoux. A special sparkling wine.
This domaine's showpiece wine is made using the best Chardonnay grapes, fermented and matured in French oak. Burgundian and silky in style, Odyssée featured on the dream wine list of three 'Best Sommelier in the World' winners.
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.
Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity
Deep purple, almost opaque in colour with an expressive nose of black fruits, pepper, cinnamon, spice and violets. A seductive palate of dark hedgerow fruits, very open and welcoming with an explosion of fruit and spice. Mineral undertones.
This Roboul cuvée exudes fruit aromas in abundance with blackberries, blueberries, pomegranates and also garrigue notes. On the palate it's juicy, greedy, the material is fleshy and velvety. There is a perfect balance between alcohol and acidity and we end with a striking freshness! It's a marvelous entry!
Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com:
"Single vineyard. 60% Mourvèdre (20 years old), 40% Grenache (30 years old) on lots of pudding stone, clay, sand and limestone tuffeau. When it rains, the water percolates very deep through the stones. Their youngest red vines. Hand-picked; whole-bunch, spontaneous fermentation; minimal cap work; very gently pressed. This is the only cuvée where they don’t blend the varieties in the same tank – because the Mourvèdre ripens so much later than the Grenache. 12 months in old oak barrels of 600, 500 and 400 litres.
Pale, see-through ruby. Smells like violet-scented talc. Superb, translucent, floral, night jasmine, daphne blossom. The fruit is like paper-thin, ruby-stained glass. I have it in my mouth and I don’t want to swallow, in case I break it. Wild damsons, their sweet intensity, the eye-widening pop of their acidity, their woodsy hedgerow-stemminess, their thin-skinned-but-defiant tannins. Dill. Caraway fronds. Startling elegance – have I ever tasted Mourvèdre this diaphanous? I’m pretty sure not. The finish drifts slowly away, like clouds. " (TC) 13.5%
Made from 100% Cinsault that's from a single site of black shciste in Espira. The vines are 130++ years old. The medium ruby-colored wine has pretty, juicy notes of cherries, dusty spice-box and dried flowers in a medium-bodied, delicious, charming style. Elegant, thrillingly mineral and very long.
Old vine Grenache grown on limestone, that produces something amazing. Ethereal, sublime and surprisingly fesh, this achieves a level of finesse akin to fine red Burgundy. Remarkable, special, very good.
100% Carignan Gris that was raised in older barrels. It offers that classic cold steel-like character I always find in Carignan Gris, as well as plenty of citrus blossom and apple fruit, hints of oak and a medium-bodied, crisp profile
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.
One of our best selling Rosés and it is easy to tell why when you open a bottle. The Trilogy in question are Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault, each of which brings its character to the whole. It's light, fruity, well balanced and easy to drink, so what are you waiting for?
La Bastille Rouge is a blend of Carignan and Merlot grapes and offers a fruity palate with a spicy finish. A good introduction to French reds it is well suited to red meat dishes but can be enjoyed on its own.
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.
A wonderful, natural Rose. Produced from very old vines of Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvedre (40/40/20) on ancient schist soils In Faugeres. Deep in colour, and with good presence, but certainly not a heavy style. Bright, clear red fruits with some spice and nice interest. That wonderful mineral freshness rounds things off nicely. Very complete and drinking nicely (this is a style that always benifits from the extra year in bottle). .
Natural Petit Verdot raised in amphora by vigneron Simon Bertschinger. The winery is based in Fos, but the vineyards are just south pf Faugeres in the clay foothills. Simon is doing some remarkabke stuff with some interesting grape varieties. Bright and vigourous but with depth and focus. Brilliant wine.
70 % Sangiovese, 30% Syrah, is amongst the very best in the Languedoc. Intense color, pretty aromas of white flowers. With a nice roundness, this wine will accompany your grilled fish, garnished summer salads, crustaceans etc.
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.
Delicately pink, fragrant dry rosé made by Guy Vanlancker of Domaine Combe Blanche from Cinsault and Grenache (50/50) grapes grown on the slopes of the Black Mountains, near the medieval city of Carcassonne.
Beautiful, new and thrillingly pure natural wine from Guy Vanlancker and son Ambrose at the Domaine. From the amazng terroir that is high up above La Liviniere, home to some of the Minervois greatest red wines. This does what great Cinsault from great terroirs does - it is lifted, curious, salty, sweet-edged, lithe and utterly glorious. A very special bottle from the Master & Son.
Pale colour with aromas of strawberries and cream. Summer fruits, fresh lively style with crisp acidity, creaminess and a well balanced finish. The Flying Solo range flies in the face of convention, shunning international varieties in favour of the typical Mediterranean Grenache grape which forms its backbone, blended Cinsault. It celebrates the intrepid ‘Aéropostale’ pilots who risked life and limb to ensure postal deliveries in the 1920s
Soft pink tones and a floral bouquet belie the nuance and subtley of this delicious rosé. Harvested from La Liviniere plantings of Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache. Certified Organic and aged on lees for three months.
The 2020 En passant sees an exciting new blend debuting after a few vintages of a similar blend. The 2020 is Muscat from altitude in the Roussillon on clay limestone and Roussanne from high in the Minervois grown on schist soil. The Muscat is bred in a mixture of stainless steel vat and clay amphiora and the Roussanne in stainless steel vat.
Grapes from are pressed slowly in whole bunches - very gentle racking - vinificaton without sulphur, at low temperature - ageing on lees.
And what a lovely wine it is - light and clean wine, of fresh apricot and peach with a floral and honeyed nose. A lovely, long length that leaves a mouthwatering shimmer that really charms. Bravo Vincent Chansault!
Like a great Provence, but one from an actual great terroir and not just sandy soils
In the words of one customer "“You’ll be pleased to know you weren’t wrong with that Rosé (Dom. des Soulanes Cuvee Rosé 2020 Cotes du Roussillon). It is one of the best I have ever tasted and I’ve tasted a few, many with a much bigger price tag. Actually I prefer it to Garrus (£100), d’Esclans (£30). How much more have you got?”"
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.
Limoux is the world's original birthplace of sparkling wine, with the first bubbles produced here in the year 1544, some 150 years before Dom Perignon began making sparkling wine in Champagne.Winemaker Francoise Antech is third generation of women running the company.Jancis Robinson: "Good Value. Refreshing...Super clean and long."
100% Carignan Gris that was raised in older barrels. It offers that classic cold steel-like character I always find in Carignan Gris, as well as plenty of citrus blossom, bright apple fruit - steely and penetrating. A real one-off. Utterly beautiful wine.