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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Giroflet, Domaine - Pézenas (biodynamic)

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Domaine Giroflet
Domaine Giroflet
We were introduced to the wines of Domaine Giroflet by way of a gift from our friend Bruno Henri, owner of the Taverne du Port in Marseillan. And what an eye-opener those couple of bottles provided. For Giroflet is very definitely one of the most exciting discoveries we have made in recent years.

Laurent Girault's day job is as winemaker at Domaine Bégude, a well-known, fairly large-scale winery near Limoux
. He and his wife Murielle actually live in the village of Abeilhan, near Pézenas, where they make small quantities of high quality wines, in a small rented cellar on another estate. They have 3 different plots of vines, which total little more than 1.7 hectares - tiny, by any grower's standards. One plot is near Pézenas, 0.8 hectares of gnarly old (50 year-plus) Grenache and Cinsault on stony soil with red clay. The other plots are on clay-limestone soil, just outside Abeilhan. One (0.3 ha) consists of young Grenache, whilst the other (0.6 ha) is planted with just a few rows each of Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Petit Manseng, Petit Arvine and Chenin Blanc, all of which goes into a deliciously quirky white "field blend".  The total annual production is just 5,000 bottles. The viticulture is largely biodynamic, working, harvesting and bottling according to the phases of the moon and Laurent makes all of the wines using only minute quantities of additional SO2. Most of the wine is aged only in vat, although a small proportion of the red spends time in old oak barrels, which have previously seen at least 7 vintages, so no oak flavours at all. The resulting wines are beautifully pure, clean and fresh - and in the case of the Rouge and Blanc, considerably complex and age-worthy.  

Domaine Giroflet Cinsault 2014 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Giroflet Cinsault 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged 6 months in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Red and white meats, pizza, cold cuts, cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
From a tiny (0.07 of a hectare) which produces just 500 bottles. Who says Cinsault is only good for making rosé? Not us - we already import red Cinsault wines from a couple of other growers, and this is a worthy addition indeed. The nose is floral, heady, spicy, smoky and gently tarry, with a hint of new leather and absolutely crammed full of summer pudding and fresh bread aromas. The palate offers myriad raspberry, strawberry and red cherry flavours, with a sprinkle of white pepper, allspice and a touch of fine eau de vie. It is delightfully fresh and fruity, in the manner of a young cru Beaujolais, but slightly richer and full of Languedoc warmth and charm. Whilst dangerously drinkable on its own, it is also the perfect accompaniment to an entrecote steak, sautéed potatoes and a mixed salad. Yum!
 

Price:  £10.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Giroflet Le Petit Giroflet 2014 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Petit Giroflet 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged 6 months in vat
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats, pizza, cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Made from a plot of young Grenache vines, covering just 0.3 of a hectare, with less than 2,000 bottles produced. A rather intoxicating mix of ripe black and red fruits, garrigue herbs, damp earth, freshly-baked bread and fine eau de vie. The flavours are robust and full of cherry and raspberry fruit flavours and youthful vigour, with gently rustic tannins and excellent acidity. It is already good to drink, but will certainly repay a year or two in the cellar, and should eventually show genuine elegance.
 

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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