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

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Domaine Turner Pageot
Domaine Turner Pageot
The landscape along the road heading north from Pézenas to Roujan and Gabian, then on towards Bédarieux, is almost completely dominated by vineyards. It is a landscape we know well, having been coming to this region of Languedoc on and off for the last 20 years or so. Indeed, Les Vignerons de La Carignano, the quaintly-named grower co-operative in Gabian, which lies 10 kilometres or so north of Pézenas, was one of the first wine-related visits I ever made, back in the days when I was a mere wine “amateur” (or even novice!). At the time, La Carignano was blazing a bit of a trail for Languedoc wines, garnering much praise from the likes of Oz Clarke. And they were indeed very good wines.

Fast-forward to 2013 and La Carignano has long since ceased to exist - as have many other co-operatives in the region - having struggled to adapt to the changing market, dwindling demand (from both home and foreign markets) and competition from the ever-increasing number of independent growers. The upside was that some quality vineyards came up for sale. And so it was that younger vignerons like Karen Turner and her husband Emmanuel Pageot were able to seize the opportunity to move in and inject new life - and to realise the potential of those established vineyards and some great (and very varied) terroir. I first met Emmanuel at The Outsiders tasting in London in November 2012 and really loved the wines that he and Karen were making. So it was great to meet up again with Emmanuel in 2013, this time in his cellar in Gabian. Karen was out working her day job, which just happens to be head winemaker at one of Languedoc’s most iconic estates, Prieuré de Saint Jean de Bébian. As Manu said, it helps to pay the bills!

The Turner Pageot vineyards are mostly in small parcels, dotted around the hillsides surrounding the village. They have several different parcels of Grenache and Syrah, plus Mourvedre, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, plus a small amount of Marsanne. Altitudes range between 200 and 300 metres above sea level, and the aspects and soil types are many and varied, including schiste, clay-limestone, volcanic basalt/limestone and bauxite.  

The cellar and house are situated in the middle of the village - it is quite small, but well-equipped, and they are in the process of buying the house next door, which will effectively give them twice the living space and a much larger cellar. Unlike many growers (especially in the south) Karen and Manu like to encourage warm fermentations for their grapes (anything up to 30C) and, aside from the very occasional stuck fermentation, prefer not to add yeast, relying on the naturally-occurring yeasts to do their job. And apart from occasional spraying of sulphur and copper in the vineyards, they use no sulphites until the point of bottling, and even then, no more than 4 to 6 milligrams per litre. The aim is to have less than 20 mg/l of free sulphites in the finished wine. The reds are unfiltered. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention (though you may have already guessed!) that they are fully certified as both organic and biodynamic.

You can read my full report on our 2013 visit to Turner Pageot on the Leon Stolarski Blog.


Domaine Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2017 Languedoc
Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-full bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 65% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne, 15% Piquepoul
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Even better, after 1 or 2 days
Drink 2018-2023
The Roussanne and Piquepoul are fermented traditionally, whilst the Marsanne sits on its skins for 15 days, resulting in what is known as an “orange wine”. This adds not only a little extra depth to the hue of the wine, but also an extra dimension to the aromas and flavours. With a nose of honeysuckle, peach/apricot, wild herbs and fennel, it really does show a lot of complexity for a wine so young. As you might expect, it has a relatively rich and gently oily texture, courtesy of the 'orange' aspect of the Marsanne, but there is also an underlying freshness that comes through on the palate, with a zesty/juicy lemony tang, a certain spiciness and impressive length, not to mention genuine saline minerality. It certainly isn't a glugger, but it is a brilliant food wine, which grows in the glass, and indeed get's better after 2 or 3 days. A fabulous example of how good Languedoc whites can be. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Turner Pageot La Rupture 2015 Vin de France
Turner Pageot La Rupture 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged in 1 year-old oak barrels
Grapes 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fish with rich sauces, shellfish, cold cuts and salads
Next day
Still fine
Drink 2018-2023
100% Sauvignon Blanc, from 4 separate blocks on 4 different soil types, all separately fermented at a relatively high temperature of around 30C separately in 1 year-old oak barrels, with no racking. As with Le Blanc (above) 20% of the grapes are given the “orange” treatment. The nose is rich and expressive, with notes of lime oil, basil, raisin, woodsmoke and a definite whiff of the sea. It possesses a considerably complex and structured palate, with rich lime/citrus and tart apple flavours, countered by a peachy/apricotty richness and a gently oily texture, with excellent acidity, a touch of grape skin tannin and a very long, spicy finish. Tight, minerally and focused, this is brilliantly quirky, and quite unlike almost any other Sauvignon Blanc you are ever likely to encounter. A real thinking man's/woman's white wine, which gets even better after several days in the fridge. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £16.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot Les Choix 2015 Vin de France
Turner Pageot Les Choix 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Shellfish/seafood, chicken, aged Comté cheese
Next day
Still fine
Drink 2018-2023
The grapes are fermented and macerated at a warm temperature for 5 weeks in whole clusters, resulting in an "orange" wine, with plenty of body, colour and tannin. And the colour is, well, a bright, limpid orange (or a sort of 24 carat gold). The nose is profoundly "winey", with little hints of stone fruits and honey, herbs and spices, new leather and, you've guessed it, oranges too - more precisely, essence of orange oil. You know like when you find a desiccated clementine that escaped the bowl and went unnoticed for a few weeks(!) Add in a hint of polished old wood, some decaying leaves and the merest hint of very fine Cognac and you get the picture - a very, very complex wine. Again, the palate is intensely "winey", with myriad stone fruit, soft citrus and secondary elements woven together into something really quite sublime. Beautifully rich, but equally well balanced, with cracking acidity and a perceptible streak of grape skin/seed tannin, allied to a quite dry, (rather than oily) texture and a long, gently warming, bitter/spiced orange marmalade finish. It really is a fabulously quirky and utterly more-ish wine - and quite possibly like no other you have tasted before! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £25.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot 48H 2016 Vin de France
Turner Pageot 48H 2016
Vintage
2016

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry, deeply-coloured rosé or "clairet" 
Grapes 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Cold cuts, light meat dishes, grilled sardines, curries
Next day
Still fine
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Clairet is a term the Bordelais use for a light red wine, or a dark(er) rosé. The method is basically saignée - free-run juice from the red wine-making process - but taken only after an extended 48 hour maceration (hence the name 48H). The colour is more of a light ruby red than rosé - and indeed it is closer in style to a red wine, offering masses of juicy cherry, raspberry, orange, tobacco and garrigue herb aromas. In the mouth, it has genuine body and depth, with ripe raspberry and blood orange flavours, a gently creamy texture, a touch of spice, plenty of cherry-skin acidity, a modicum of tannin and a surprisingly long, spicy finish. All of which makes it a perfect match for a multitude of dishes. A delicious wine! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £12.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2015 Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged partly in barrel, partly in vat 
Grapes 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Just as good, perhaps even better
Drink 2018-2025
60% Grenache from schiste, 20% Grenache from other terroirs and 20% Syrah from volcanic basalt. A beautiful deep but limpid blood red colour, with a truly expressive and heady nose of mixed red and black fruits, brioche, polished leather, iodine, tobacco and spice. The sort of smell that transports me instantly to the Languedoc. Richly fruited and full bodied on the palate, with grippy but ripe tannins and plenty of acidity to match, it is undoubtedly still youthful. But it is such a joy to drink now that the gentle dryness of those tannins - like fine, dark, bitter chocolate - is more than offset by the sheer vibrancy and depth of the fruit, spice and downright earthiness on offer. It really is the essence of sweet and sour loveliness, with a long, dry, pepper and spice finish and a bitter orange and black cherry taste that lingers for an age. Certified organic and biodynamic.Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2015 Coteaux du Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes Syrah, Mourvedre, plus a little Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Still fine
Drink 2018-2028
Aged for 1 year in wood, after an extended 3 month maceration. Everything is turned up a notch or two in comparison to Le Rouge, and there is a lick of very classy oak, but once again the overall balance is impeccable, with an abundance of ripe tannins nicely offset by more than ample acidity and so much fruit, one wonders just how they managed to cram it all into a 75cl bottle! It really is packed with beautifully ripe black cherry and bramble fruit aromas and flavours, with plenty of peppery spice, garrigue herb, damp earth and tobacco nuances and even a hint of cool peppermint. On the palate, it is more at the herby/saline (rather than meaty) end of the savoury spectrum, again with masses of black fruit flavours, a hint of kirsch and a long, grippy, sweet-sour finish. Whilst certainly approachable with food, this will take a year or two to reach its drinking window (I would suggest from 2020 onwards) by which time the tannins and oak will have had a chance to integrate. Indeed, it has the structure and class to age nicely to 2030 and beyond. That said, if you can think far enough ahead to open/decant the bottle the day before you intend to drink it, then you will be richly rewarded even now, for it really does blossom with plenty of air. A superb wine, built for the long haul.. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £16.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot B815 2014 Vin de France
Turner Pageot B815 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Lamb, beef, duck, liver
Next day
Even better
Drink 2018-2030
From a single, north-facing vineyard, on limestone soil, winemaker Emmanuel Pageot calls this his 'grand cru'. It actually takes a day in the decanter for all of its subtleties to reveal themselves. Reading through my tasting note for the 2012 vintage, I am struck by how very similar this 2014 is. Once again, we have myriad aromas of red berry and cherry, garrigue herbs, flowers, damp earth and subtle leather and spice notes. The palate is crammed full of fresh and crystallised bramble and raspberry flavours, with a hint of orange, subtle herb and spice nuances and an equally subtle streak of saline minerality. With fine, ripe, tea-like tannins and mouth-watering acidity, this is another very fine wine, which can either be enjoyed young (though preferably decanted 24 hours in advance) or aged for a good few years. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £22.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot G230 2015 Vin de France
Turner Pageot G230 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, game, duck, liver
Next day
Even better
Drink 2018-2030
It's Grenache, Jim, but not as we know it. Unlike B815 (above), which is grown on limestone soil, this is grown on schiste - the same terroir as nearby Faugères. And the difference between the two cuvées is remarkable - this is lighter in colour, even more elegant and really rather Burgundian in both structure and (dare I say it?) flavour profile. Red cherry, redcurrant and wild strawberry aromas and flavours are augmented by notes of soft spices, tobacco, polished old wood and a hint of orange peel. With subtle gamey, earthy and high notes, it really is very complex and elegant - medium/full rather than big-bodied, with fine, lapsang tea-like tannins, plenty of mouth-watering orange/lime/cherry acidity and a very long, spicy/minty finish. All-in-all, this is an utterly lovely wine, which serves to underline winemaker Emmanuel Pageot's assertion that Grenache is - or is at least capable of being - the "Pinot of the Languedoc". An utterly gorgeous wine. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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Domaine Turner Pageot Dozen - Save 10%
Turner Pageot
Here is a chance to try the full range of wines from the brilliant winemaking team of Karen Turner and Emmanuel Pageot at Domaine Turner Pageot. The wines in this selection normally retail separately for £204.23. This 12-bottle selection is offered at the special price of £183.80 (a saving of over 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines;

White:
2 x Le Blanc 2017 Languedoc
1 x La Rupture 2015 Vin de France
1 x Les Choix 2015 Vin de France

Rosé (Clairet):
2 x 48H 2016 Vin de France

Red:
2 x Le Rouge 2015 AOP Languedoc Pézenas
1 x Carmina Major 2012 Languedoc Pézenas
1 x Carmina Major 2015 Languedoc Pézenas
1 x B815 2014 Vin de France
1 x G230 2015 Vin de France
 

Price:  £183.80 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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