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Domaine de La Garance
Domaine de La Garance
Guide Hachette Having fallen totally in love with the wines of Domaine de La Garance over a number of years (and a variety of vintages), we made our first actual visit to the estate during our 2013 summer holiday in Languedoc. Surrounded by beautiful vineyards in rolling countryside, a kilometre or two down a rough track to the south of the village of Caux, La Garance enjoys an idyllic setting, with lovely views of the distant hills and not another building in sight. It is so peaceful and tranquil that you almost feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. And what a delightful and hospitable couple winemaker Pierre Quinonero and his wife Murielle Clavier are - we were treated to an extensive tasting of barrel samples and current vintages, not to mention a couple of rather wonderul old vintages, accompanied by delicious tapas, cheeses and Iberico ham. We were then invited to return that very same evening, to join in a large gathering of their friends, for lots more wine and Pierre's speciality paella. All-in-all, one of those magical summer days that live long in the memory. We have since visted Pierre and Murielle on a couple of further occasions, the latest of which was June 2015.

Actually securing some wines directly from Pierre has proven to be trickier than we thought - they are made in relatively small quantities and are much in demand in the local area, not to mention in various countries throughout Europe. And on the occasions that we have managed to contact him (he is notoriously difficult to get hold of!) he hasn't had the stock we wanted. Finally, though, we have managed to get our hands on some, so now we have our foot in the door, the wines of Domaine de La Garance will become a mainstay of our list, in years to come. Here's what their former importer Richards Walford had to say about them;

"For whatever reason, this amazing Domaine remains stubbornly undiscovered by the majority of our customers ........... these are some of the most wonderful wines to have ever graced our list – unique, complex, and deeply delicious. A combination of diverse soils, including Villafranchien (a stoney, gravelly soil mixed with red clay), basalt, marl, gneiss, limestone, and granite add real character to the wines. The top white (Les Claviers) is based on Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano) – that normally quite unexciting grape variety often distilled in Cognac or used to make flabby Italian whites – but here, becomes something else entirely. Older vintages were blended with Grenache Gris and Clairette, more recent vintages with Chardonnay, which achieves a greater minerality on granite soils.

The top red (Les Armieres) is based on old vine Carignan and Syrah (generally 90% and 10%) and spends a full 30 months in barrel before bottling. It is bursting with energy and ages particularly well. Though not certified biodynamic, the Domaine practices biodynamic principles and the wines are about as hand-crafted and natural as they get – Pierre describes them as “l’antithèse de la technologie” - hand harvested with habitually low yields of 17hl/ha, only indigenous yeasts are used, the wines are not fined or filtered, and very little sulphur is used."


In recent years, Pierre has introduced a couple of other wines - A Clara Blanc (100% Chardonnay, grown several hundred metres up in the hills above Bédarieux) and A Clara Rouge (a blend of Pinot Noir and Grenache, the Pinot also coming from Bédarieux) - and both are delicious, and very affordable.

For now, we have secured small quantities of the red Les Armieres from a  number of "back" vintages (which are ageing beautifully, but still have many years of evolution ahead of them), plus the current release(s) of A Clara. Eventually, we also hope to get our hands on some Les Claviers white - another wine which ages beautifully. All of them speak loudly of their Languedoc origins, and they are truly wonderful, quirky wines.


Domaine de La Garance A Clara Blanc 2017 Vin de France
Garance A Clara Chardonnay 2017
Vintage
2017
Region From the hills above Bédarieux, northern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Seafood/shellfish, baked fish, spicy Asian food, aperitif
Next day
As good
Drink 2018-2021
From an isolated vineyard, situated 600 metres above sea level near Bédarieux, in the Haut Languedoc national park. Pale straw colour with a slight orange glints. An intriguing and rather lovely nose of spiced apple pie, garrigue herbs and soft citrus fruit, with a hint of lemon zest and a definite note of peppermint. The palate is beautifully fresh and minerally, almost zesty and zingy, with tart apple, rhubarb and lime flavours and a hint of raisin and spice. The texture is nicely rounded, with just a hint of grapeskin tannin, excellent acidity and - like its red sibling - a cool, spicy, minty finish.
 

Price:  £13.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Les Claviers 2015 Vin de France
Garance Les Claviers 2015
Vintage
2015

Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white, full bodied. Fermented and aged in oak barrels
Grapes Ugni Blanc, Grenache Gris, Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink 2018-2025
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £24.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance A Clara Rouge 2017 Vin de France
La Garance A Clara Rouge 2017
Vintage
2017
Region Caux, a few km from Pézenas and Bédarieux
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied
Grapes 50% Grenache and 50% Pinot Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food White meats, risotto, pizza, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink 2018-2021
A blend of Pinot Noir (grown 600m above sea level, in the hills above Bédarieux) and Grenache Noir (grown on the Garance estate in Caux). The aromas simply leap out of the glass - damp earth and wet stone, red and black cherry, raspberry, dried orange, new leather, fine eau de vie, a dash of white pepper and herbs of the garrigue - they're all in there, and so much more. It may not be designed to be complex, but it really does tick most (if not all) of my boxes. The promise of the nose is more than matched by the earthy, ripe, sweet-edged red and black fruit flavours on the palate, laced with garrigue herbs and just a hint of peppery spice, countered by melting tannins and crunchy, cherry kernel and soft-citrus acidity. All of which makes for a deliciously sweet-sour wine of real finesse, with a cool, minty finish. And by the way, no fungicides, pesticides or SO2 were used in the growing/making of this wine (not to mention, no oak). A realy delicious wine, which would bear comparison with many a decent cru Beaujolais.
 

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2004 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2004
Vintage
2004
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Still fresh, though at its best on day one
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). What strikes me is how wonderfully "Languedoc" this smells and tastes. Of course, the fact that it is mostly (very old) Carignan helps. The colour is a deep-ish blood red, leading to a slightly bricking rim. The nose offers a complex array of red and black berry and cherry fruits, dried orange peel and polished old leather, with background notes of cedar, curry spices, garrigue herbs and tea. All of which suggest that the 2 years' oak-ageing was done with a sympathetic hand, for a more harmonious and intoxicating bouquet is hard to imagine. Although this is no shrinking violet, there is plenty of charm to the palate, with bags of spiced black cherry, redcurrant and bramble fruit flavours. The tannins are dense and grippy, with notes of dark chocolate and licorice, which - together with the ample fruit and racy acidity - will ensure it ages and evolves further for another 5 to 10 years. A fabulously old-school Languedoc wine, which is yet to reach its peak.
 

Price:  £23.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2007 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2007
Vintage
2007
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Still fresh, though at its best on day one
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). This is almost on a par with the amazing 2006 - perhaps even its equal. Once again, mostly Carignan, with a little Syrah, deep blood red in colour, almost opaque, with a tiny rim. As with the 2006, the nose is a riot of red and black fruits, smoke, white pepper, exotic spices, leather and herbs, with hints of sandalwood and forest floor. The palate has all of those things going for it, and more - concentrated but not overly rich, a complex array of red and black fruits, with healthy tannins and a core of juicy, citrus and cranberry-tinged acidity. The finish is satisfyingly dry and tangy, with lingering flavours of forest fruits, cedar and peppery spice. Although it may be a few years short of its absolute peak, it is nevertheless rather delicious already. Another wonderful, world-class Carignan.
 

Price:  £23.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2009
Vintage
2009
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). The colour is a deep-ish blood red, leading to a slightly bricking rim. Of the several vintages of this wine that we currently offer, this is possibly the one that is most immediately approachable. Not because it is mature (far from it) but because it possesses such a generous core of sweetly fruity, almost creamy bramble and blackcurrant fruit, along with that typical combination of orange peel, polished leather, cedar and exotic spices. Again, we have bags of spiced black cherry, bramble and garrigue herb flavours, but the tannins, whilst grippy, are beautifully ripe and  - combined with fabulously juicy acidity - holds everything together so well, in a wine that is at the same time both generously lush and tightly structured. It really is so lovely to drink now, but will (if you can resist) undoubtedly age and evolve for at least another 10 years. A classic, old-style Languedoc Carignan, worth every penny of the asking price - and more.
 

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

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). A fantastic combination of fresh and soused bramble and black cherry, with a dash of white pepper, soft spice and a hint of polished old wardrobe - a supremely aromatic and alluring nose, all of which comes through on the palate, in a wine which combines real verve and genuine complexity. It greets you with a spritzy bite (courtesy ol a touch of residual CO2) followed by waves of spice and garrigue herb-laden fresh red and black fruits, pickled beetroot, mixed herbs and allspice. With ripe, tea-like tannins, ample acidity and a long, gently spicy finish, this wine just about has it all. And whilst remarkably easy to drink now, it can only get better and better, over the next 10 years. An absolutely classic Languedoc Carignan!
 

Price:  £19.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2015 Languedoc
Vintage
2015
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, partly aged in barrel
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah (65 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink 2018-2030
Old vine Carignan and Syrah, with yields of just 18 hectolitres per hectare. A long maceration (3 months) is followed by 27 months ageing (90% in concrete vats and 10% in oak barrels). When we first tasted this wine in June 2017, it felt deceptively light and primary - which threw me a little, because this cuvée is traditionally quite hefty and robust. 6 months later (this note was written December 2017) it has gained weight fast, with red fruits turning to black, and myriad secondary aromas and flavours coming to the fore. Leather, spice, forest floor and brioche aromas greet the nose, whilst ripe bramble, black cherry, spice and a distinct garrigue herbiness coat the palate. As, at the moment, do the robust but perfectly ripe tannins - a good sign for a wine that will continue to age and evolve. And there's more than enough fruit concentration (not to mention bucket-loads of juicy acidity) to outlast those tannins over the next 10 years or more, whilst this wine evolves into something much more than the sum of its parts - just like every vintage that preceded it. A lesson learned about judging wines that are (too) young - especially old-vine Carignan - too early. It is utterly delicious!
 

Price:  £21.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Extra Virgin Olive Oil (50cl bottle)
Domaine de La Garance Olive Oil
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas

Style Soft, fruity, gently nutty/peppery
Variety 100% Arbequine
Bottle size 50 cl
Food Salads, crudités, cold cuts, fruit salads
Use by Use over the next year or so
The Arbequine (Arbequina) olive variety originates from Catalonia and is best known for the excellent extra virgin olive oil it produces. The olives for this oil are grown on the Domaine de La Garance estate in Caux, reflecting winemaker Pierre Quinonero's Spanish heritage. This cold-pressed, un-filtered extra virgin oil is beautifully soft and fruity, with an earthy, gently nutty flavour and a pleasantly peppery finish. Perfect for salads, crudités and cold cuts, or just for dipping bread. Also excellent as a dressing, mixed with balsamic vinegar (or a good wine vinegar) - 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar.
 

Price:  £11.50

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Domaine de La Garance Six - Save 10%
Domaine de La Garance
A specially priced 6-bottle sampler, covering our current range of wines from Domaine de La Garance, which includes some wonderful older vintages - the perfect opportunity to see how top-notch Languedoc reds age. The wines in this selection normally retail separately for £119.41. This 6-bottle case is offered at the special price of £107.45 (a saving of 10%). Please note - this offer is limited to one per customer. The selection comprises the following wines;

Dry White:
1 x A Clara Blanc 2017 Vin de France
1 x Les Claviers 2015 Vin de France

Dry Red:
1 x A Clara Rouge 2017 Vin de France
1 x Les Armieres 2006 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
1 x Les Armieres 2009 Coteaux du Languedoc
1 x Les Armieres 2012 Coteaux du Languedoc

 

Price:  £107.45 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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