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Chateau l'Argentier
Chateau l'Argentier
Located in the town of Sommières, between Nîmes and Montpellier, Château l’Argentier has run by the same family since 1937. Owners and winemakers Élisabeth & Francois Jourdan currently farm a total of 24 hectares of vines, producing a selection of AOP Languedoc wines, including 2 hectares classified under the Sommières cru and 6 hectares under the Grès de Montpellier cru. The AOP wines are made mainly from Syrah and Grenache, with a little Carignan and Mourvedre. The estate also produces a trio of excellent "varietal" IGP wines - reds from Carignan and Cinsault, plus an unusual (and quite delicious) rosé from Aramon. Many of the vines are very old (up to 80 years) and are planted on clay soils rich in flint.

What attracted us to Chateau l'Argentier is the fact that all of the wines are fermented in concrete vats, completely unfettered by the influence of (often ubiquitous) oak barrels. This refreshing approach to winemaking allows the resulting wines to fully express their fruit and terroir, which they do with great verve. Furthermore, the reds are aged in bottle for at least a couple of years before release, which means they are already very approachable, though undoubtedly capable of further ageing. With Chateau l'Argentier, we are pleased to have added yet another top-quality grower to our list of discoveries.


É & F Jourdan Aramon Vieilles Vignes Rosé 2017 Vin de France
E & F Jourdan Aramon Rose 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Sommières, in eastern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry rosé, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% old-vine Aramon
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled vegetables, cold cuts, salads, pizza
Next day
Still good
Drink Now or over the next 2 or 3 years
A bright, pale to mid-pink colour. A riot of raspberries, strawberries and cream on the nose, quite floral too, with hints of garrigue herbs (oregano, rosemary, fennel). The palate is beautifully smooth and gently creamy, with flavours of red berry and currant fruits and white peach, offset by a touch of granny smith apple tartness, along with gentle spice and herb notes, a hint of tannin and really juicy acidity. This is serious rosé, to match the best Provence has to offer, with a lingering sweet-sour finish. Cracking stuff, and great to drink now, or to age for a year or two.
 

Price:  £12.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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L'Argentier Vieilles Vignes de Cinsault 2011 IGP Pays d'Hérault
l'Argentier Cinsault 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Grilled meats, roasted vegetables, cold cuts
Next day
Still good, but not quite as fresh as on day 1
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
This is pure Cinsault from a vineyard planted in 1969 (so 45 years old). As can be expected with Cinsault, it is the lightest of this grower's reds - both in colour and body - but nevertheless delicious. It offers aromas of red berry fruits laced with spices and herbs, with subtle hints of sous bois and freshly baked brioche. It is beautifully soft and approachable, full of raspberry and redcurrant fruits, with soft tannins and a gently creamy texture and flavour. In fact it is really rather light and ethereal, in an almost Burgundian sort of way, but with a softer feel. There's plenty of acidity though, and just the right amount of tannic grip. Cinsault is (along with Carignan) traditionally one of the "black sheep" grapes of the Languedoc family, but I have enough evidence to suggest that, from old vines and a sympathetic hand in the winery, it can make fabulous wine - and this is one of them. Lovely stuff!
 

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É & F Jourdan Cinsault Vieilles Vignes 2016 Vin de France
Argentier Cinsault 2016
Vintage
2016

Region Sommières, in eastern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled meats, roasted vegetables, cold cuts
Next day
Still good
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
This is pure Cinsault from a vineyard planted in 1969 (so 45 years old). As can be expected with Cinsault, it is the lightest of this grower's red wines - both in colour and body - but nevertheless delicious. Bright, limpid cherry red in colour, it offers aromas of red cherry and summer berry fruits, laced with subtle spice, garrigue herb, sous bois and orange notes. Although initially spiky and high-toned, it becomes softer and more approachable with air, full of raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavours. The grippy, gently rustic tannins are countered by a lightly creamy texture, but with bags of acidity and a long-ish sweet-sour finish. As I have said on many occasions, Cinsault is traditionally one of the "black sheep" grapes of the Languedoc family, but this is another very more-ish wine, and a testament to what it is capable of, when made by a sympatheic hand. Another lovely Cinsault!
 

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L'Argentier Vieilles Vignes de Carignan 2011 IGP Pays d'Hérault
L'Argentier Carignan 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Roasted red meats, hearty stews, herby sausages
Next day
Even better - opens out nicely after a night in the decanter
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Pure Carignan from a vineyard planted in 1935 (80 years old). A reassuringly bright colour, with rich fruitcake aromas and flavours, a touch of spice and a whiff of eau de vie. An initial slight tarriness on the nose dissipates to reveal a rather elegant wine, with a silky-smooth palate, soft, ripe tannins and a spicy warmth. It really begins to show its true colours after 24 hours in the decanter - still with a gentle warmth, beautifully balanced, gently spicy and with a tremendous core of crystallised red fruit flavours, flowers, herbs and soft spices, tea-like tannins and a rasp of juicy, orange infused acidity. This is a wine that (with the benefit of a day's air) could hardly fail to appeal to the most jaded palate. A truly delicious and elegant expression of my very favourite grape variety. An absolute cracker!
 

Price:  £14.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc
L'Argentier Languedoc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, plus Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food White meats, risotto, sausages, pizza
Next day
Even better - opens out nicely after a night in the decanter
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
A lovely, limpid blood red colour, with an intensely aromatic nose, combining curry spices and garrigue herbs, with notes of spiced orange, forest floor and leather, all wrapped around a core of summer fruits. The palate is quite powerful and mouth-filling, with an array of redcurrant, cherry and plum fruit flavours, again with a hint of spiced orange. Firm but ripe, tea-like tannins combine with juicy acidity and a hint of licorice, making for a delightfully tangy, sweet-sour style, with a long, mouth-watering finish. A really enjoyable wine.
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Languedoc Grès de Montpellier
Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Gres de Montpellier
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 65% Grenache, 17.5% Carignan, 17.5% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, spicy sausages
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 8 to 10 years
A pale-ish, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose offers crystallised red berry and cherry fruits and a mélange of herbs, spices, damp earth and eau de vie, with a subtle creaminess. The palate is packed with raspberry/cherry fruit and spice flavours, together with a subtle meaty/savouriness, fine, ripe tannins and ample acidity, all of which combine in a really rather elegant wine. The finish is long, dry and gently warming. Who needs oak, when the raw materials and the level of winemaking skill is as good as this. Another delicious wine, and yet another that will age for a good few years - if you can resist.
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2013 Languedoc Sommières
Chateau l'Argentier Sommieres 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Sommières, in eastern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 10% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, garlicy sausages
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
A deep-ish, translucent cherry red colour, this wine displays a really quite intoxicating and hugely complex nose, redolent of crystallised red and black cherries and berries, garrigue herbs, black pepper, freshly-baked bread, soused dark fruitcake and a waft of burning incense. It is also delightfully high-toned and fresh, both on the nose and palate, offering myriad fresh red and black fruits and spiced Christmas cake flavours, again with notes of dried herbs. A cloak of fine, ripe tannins and a core of juicy, citrus-tinged acidity complete the package. Importantly, nothing sticks out. Even more importantly - and although it is such a delight to drink now - it  will undoubtedly evolve further. A superb wine!
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2013 Languedoc Grès de Montpellier
Chateau l'Argentier Gres de Montpellier 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Grès de Montpellier, in eastern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 65% Grenache, 17.5% Carignan, 17.5% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, spicy sausages
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
This is, if anything, more high-toned and acidic than the Sommieres 2013 - at least to begin with. It has a similar profile on the nose - red and black summer fruit aromas, herbs, spice and eau de vie, win hints of flowers and polished leather. On the palate, it is again extremely fresh, vibrant and full of summer fruit flavours, but with the tannins less prominent and the acidity more to the fore. And it really does come together beautifully, an hour or two after opening - the fruit is still fresh, whilst the acidity and tannins meld together and the wine as a whole becomes softer and much more approachable, with a delightfully long, tangy, sweet-sour-dry finish. Some say red wine ages on its tannins, some say it ages on its acidity. Well, this has both - and bags of fruit too - so I can see this ageing and evolving nicely for another 5 to 8 years. Drink the Sommieres now, or over the next 5 years, and maybe give this a year or two to reach its stride. Another quintessential Languedoc red.
 

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