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Domaine d'Archimbaud
Domaine d'Archimbaud
Jean-Pierre Cabanes was a member of the Saint-Saturnin village cooperative for many years until, in 2001, he struck out on his own, ably assisted in the wine-making process by his daughter Marie, and in the cave by his wife Marie-Claude. Over the last few years, Jean-Pierre has handed over the reins fully to Marie - not that you would know it, because the wines are just as good as ever. In fact, they may even be better - bravo Marie! And when you taste these lovely wines, it is not hard to see why. In an appellation that is still largely dominated by the co-operative, Domaine d'Archimbaud is one of just a handful of private growers in Saint-Saturnin. The oak-matured Robe du Pourpre 2001 was immediately awarded a star in the Guide Hachette, and subsequent vintages have also been starred. Indeed, with each successive vintage, the wines just get better and better. Whilst unmistakeably Languedoc, the flavours in the wines produced at Domaine d'Archimbaud tend to the more “cool climate” style. The village is situated in the sub-region or "terroir" known as Terrasses de Larzac, in the foothills of the Causse du Larzac, a limestone plateau on the southern edge of the Massif Central. Here the altitude is higher (500ft above sea level) but the climate is different - the days are still sunny and hot, but the nights are cooler than the more coastal and low-lying regions of Languedoc, allowing for a slightly longer growing season. The resulting wines possess great finesse, balance and complexity.




The grapes at Domaine d'Archimbaud are mainly Syrah and Grenache, with a little Mourvedre and Carignan (10% of the blend) adding further dimensions and interest. The vines average around 30 years of age and yields are restricted to around 30 hl/ha. Although the red wines have top billing here, the rosé is also noteworthy for the fact that it is a vin de pressurage – in other words, it is made from a direct pressing of the red grapes, unlike most rosés made from the “saignée” method, which is a by-product of the red winemaking process. There is also a delicious Viognier-based white. We are proud to have the wines of Domaine d'Archimbaud on our list and, several years down the line from their first vintage, there is no let-up in the quality, finesse and enjoyment in these terroir-laden wines. And even now that 2001 Robe du Poupre is still evolving and drinking beautifully!

Domaine d'Archimbaud Les IV Pierre Blanc 2017 IGP Pays du Mont Baudile
Domaine d'Archimbaud Les IV Pierre Blanc 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Saint-Saturnin, in the foothills of the Plateau de Larzac
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes 80% Viognier, 10% Grenache Blanc, 10% Muscat
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Thai-style curry, chicken, cold cuts, fish, seafood, cheese
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now or to 2023
A limpid pale/medium gold hue, leading to a very pale rim. With a heady mix of peach and apricot, pink grapefruit, mandarin and apple (it's all in there!) with background notes of oregano, mint, nettles and honeysuckle, this really is a very alluring wine. And the palate certainly lives up to the promise of the bouquet, offering up a complex mélange of white fruit flavours, citrus, mixed herbs and hints of star anise and spice, all tightly-knit and wrapped around a core of mouth-watering acidity. The finish is gently herby/spicy and very long. Viognier can sometimes be a bit showy and flowery, but 10% each of Grenache Blanc and Muscat add immensely to the whole - the former for a bit of herb and spice and "non-fruit" quality, and the latter for a come-hither grapiness and zest. And it all adds up to a seriously delicious and more-ish wine, to enjoy as an aperitif or with food. An absolute cracker.
 

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

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Domaine d'Archimbaud Les IV Pierre Rosé 2017 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Domaine d'Archimbaud Rose 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry rosé - medium bodied
Grapes 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Light meat or fish dishes, salads, apéritif
Next day
Still excellent
Drink Now, or to 2022
This is top-notch rosé - a vin de pressurage (meaning the grapes are used only for this wine, rather than the more common by-product of the red winemaking process). A delightful, salmon pink/orange colour, with a nose of summer red berry fruits, peach and melon, with hints of spring flowers. Lively and refreshing to drink, with bags of fresh red berry and white tree fruits, gentle spiciness, juicy orange and zesty lime. With a sweet and sour red fruit finish, this is a fairly serious rosé, with none of the bitterness often found in many other Languedoc rosés. Organic.
 

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

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Domaine d'Archimbaud Tradition 2017 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Vintage
2017
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium to full bodied, aged in cuve
Grapes 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game
Next day
Still fine
Drink Now, or up to and beyond 2023
What can I say about this grower (and this particular cuvée) that I haven't said many times before? It is gently smoky, tarry, meaty, herby, tobacco-ey, floral and wonderfully fruity all at the same time - it really does offer so much interest and flavour for the money! In fact, if one single wine epitomises for me all that is great about the red wines of Languedoc, then this might be it. Those glorious aromas all come through on the palate, which is full-bodied but wonderfully fresh and tangy/herby, with a complex array of both fresh and crystallised bramble, plum and blueberry flavours vying for attention. The super-ripe tannins are matched by truly mouth-watering acidity and real mineral depth, leading to a finish that is long, sweet-sour and very, very more-ish. What a wonderful, quintessentially cool-climate Languedoc wine! Organic.
 

Price:  £13.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2013 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium to full bodied, aged in cuve
Grapes 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 20% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, spicy sausages, rich stews
Next day
Better still
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
They say that Mourvedre needs to be within spitting distance of the sea to show its best - but this is grown high up near the Terrasses du Larzac, 30-40 km from the Mediterranean, and is a veritable stunner. It is nothing like Bandol, granted - there, you expect big, meaty, tannic and very full-bodied wines, whereas this is altogether more subtle and elegant, with masses of ripe bramble and raspberry fruit aromas and flavours, with just the merest hint of leathery/meaty savouriness, a sprinkling of garrigue herbs and a twist of black pepper. And at just 13.0% abv, it comes across as beautifully elegant and understated, with gorgeous acidity and fine, tea-like tannins - so much so that it is positively refeshing! That said, it takes a full 24-48 hours to really show its best (at least at this stage of its development) so I would recommend you decant it the day before you plan to drink it. A lovely, lovely wine!

 

Price:  £16.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2016 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Domaine d'Archimbaud l'Enfant Terrible 2016
Vintage
2016
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium to full bodied, aged in cuve
Grapes 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 20% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, spicy sausages, rich stews
Next day
Better still
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
They say that Mourvedre needs to be within spitting distance of the sea to show its best - but this is grown high up near the Terrasses du Larzac, 30-40 km from the Mediterranean. The colour is a bright, youthful, quite deep ruby red with a wide rim. The nose shows a really quite complex array of tar, woodsmoke, leather, herbs and spices, but is at the same time fruit-filled, with bags of dark bramble, plum, black cherry, countered by a red fruit freshness, redolent of crushed raspberries. The palate is spicy, herby and gently tarry, with beautifully soft, ripe tannins and bracing acidity. It is gently rich and warming, but delightfully fresh and elegant, with a long, sweet and sour finish. It is even better on day 2, developing more of those herby and spicy notes, with hints of flowers, earth and red meats. Another delicious and very age-worthy wine, from one of our very favourite Languedoc growers.
 

Price:  £17.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine d'Archimbaud La Robe du Pourpre 2011 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Domaine d'Archimbaud La Robe du Pourpre 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied, aged in barrel for 11 months
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
A very similar blend to the Tradition (though with a smidgen more Mourvedre and Carignan), but aged in barrel for a year. The use of oak is quite masterly, as it serves to polish away any rough edges (not that there usually are any with Archimbaud's wines) without leaving any overt oaky notes - just masses of red and black fruit aromas, with subtle yet heady garrigue herb, spice and forest floor notes, all of which combine in a wine of real elegance and considerable complexity. The fruit is wonderfully bright and fresh, with ripe bramble and raspberry, countered by a lick of sour cherry, making for the sort of sweet-sour style that I love in these "cool climate" Languedoc wines, with fine, tea-like tannins, a subtle mintiness and lip-smacking acidity. Balance is the watchword, and with an abv of 13.0%, this really does hit the spot. Great now, perhaps even better in a year or two. A really lovely wine.
 

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Domaine d'Archimbaud La Robe du Pourpre 2016 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
Domaine d'Archimbaud Robe du Pourpre 2016
Vintage
2016
Region Saint-Saturnin, some way north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied, aged in barrel for 11 months
Grapes 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Approachable now, but will age to 2025 and beyond
A very similar blend to the Tradition (though with a touch more Mourvedre and Carignan), but aged in barrel for a year. One thing I have learned about the wines of Domaine d'Archimbaud is that they are never over-extracted or over-ripe. Elegance is the order of the day, and this one is a prime example. Bucket-loads of ripe, elegant red and black fruit aromas combine with notes of tobacco, cedar and spice, with an attractive meaty/spicy/herby quality. On the palate, the oak is already beginning to integrate, especially with air, whilst the bright, fresh, gently jammy fruit combines with elegant tannins and super acidity. It is nicely grippy and sweet-sour on the long finish. Lovely now, but with great promise for the medium-to-long term.
 

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Domaine d'Archimbaud Six - Save 10%
Domaine d'Archimbaud
A specially priced sample case, covering our range of wines from Domaine d'Archimbaud. The wines in this selection normally retail separately at £91.74. This 6-bottle case is offered at the special price of £82.50 (a saving of over 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines;

White:
1 x Les IV Pierre Blanc 2017 IGP Pays du Mont Baudile

Rosé:
1 x Les IV Pierre Rosé 2017 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin

Red:
2 x Tradition 2017 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin
1 x l'Enfant Terrible 2016 Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
1 x Robe du Pourpre 2016 Languedoc Saint-Saturnin

 

Price:  £82.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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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