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Domaine Monplezy Plaisirs Blanc 2014 Languedoc
Domaine Monplezy Plaisirs Blanc 2014
Vintage
2014

Region AOP Languedoc, from just north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes A blend of Marsanne and Roussanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Fish, shellfish, chicken. Also lovely on its own.
Next day
As good, perhaps even better
Drink Over the next 2 or 3 years
Despite the fact that (at the time of writing - March 2015) this is so recently bottled, it is already nicely integrated and really rather delicious. With a clear straw/gold colour, it is zesty, but beautifully rounded, even soft, with the fruit at the orangey rather than lemony end of the spectrum, combined with peachy, spiced apple pie and floral/honeysuckle aromas and flavours, with some nutty notes putting in an appearance after time in the glass. The texture is gently oily, but the overall effect is of a really sprightly, tasty, elegant and beautifully balanced wine, with a splash of limey acidity and even a modicum of grape tannin. A lovely, quintessentially Languedoc white wine.
 

Price:  £11.30 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre des Chardons 2010 Clairette de Bellegarde
Terre des Chardons Clairette de Bellegarde 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Bellegarde, in the south-east of Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry white - medium/full bodied.
Grapes 100% Clairette
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Aperitif, salads, seafoods, chicken, creamy cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Drink now or over the next 3 to 5 years
100% Clairette, harvested at just 35 hl/ha (between 6 and 8 bunches per vine). Pale straw colour. The nose is smoky, herby and spicy at the same time, with notes of over-ripe apples, apricot and lime marmalade. The palate is quite rich, even gently oily in texture, nicely fruity in a lemon and lime sort of way, with a rich seam of herbs and spices and even a touch of grape tannin, which leads to a long, tangy finish. It is considerably complex and concentrated, and whilst the acidity isn't high, it is a match for many an expensive southern Rhône white and really does come into its own with food. Certified organic and biodynamic.
Was £12.50. Bin-End price £9.95. 4 bottles left.

 

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Domaine Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2012 Languedoc
Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-full bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Still fine
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne. The former is fermented traditionally, whilst the latter sits on the skins for 15 days, resulting in what is known as an “orange wine”, which adds not only some extra colour to the wine, but also a real depth of aroma and flavour. The nose offers notes of apples, raisins and brioche, whilst the palate is really quite zingy, with excellent acidity to match the rich, ripe tree fruit, orange zest, basil and rosemary flavours. There is also real minerality, with an almost savoury, even saline tang. This wine is all about restrained power, but with a refreshing streak, and a long, spicy/herby finish. Certified organic and biodynamic.
Was £13.50. Bin-End price £11.95. 4 bottles left.

 

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Domaine Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2013 Languedoc
Turner Pageot Le Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-full bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 80% Roussanne, 20% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Even better, after 1 or 2 days
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
80% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne. The former is fermented traditionally, whilst the latter sits on the skins for 15 days, resulting in what is known as an “orange wine”, which adds not only some extra colour to the wine, but also a real depth of aroma and flavour. 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 is quite rich and gently oily, especially with 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.
 

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Domaine Turner Pageot La Rupture 2012 Vin de France
Turner Pageot La Rupture 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - medium to full bodied
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 Over the next 3 to 5 years
As with Le Blanc (above) 20% of the grapes are given the “orange” treatment. The nose is rich and apricotty, with notes of lime oil, orange marmalade, basil, flowers and a whiff of beautifully judged oak. It leads you to expect a rather muscular wine, but the reality is quite the opposite – it is a considerably complex wine, chock full of delicate white fruit and floral flavours, apple, pink grapefruit and soft citrus, with a really fine, minerally structure and wonderfully prickly acidity. In a blind tasting, not many would guess it as Sauvignon, but who cares when the wine is this good. A really brilliant, quirky and utterly delicious wine. Certified organic and biodynamic.
Was £17.50. Bin-End price £14.50. More than a dozen bottles left.

 

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Domaine Turner Pageot La Rupture 2013 Vin de France
Turner Pageot La Rupture 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied
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 Over the next 3 to 5 years
Fermented and aged in 1 year-old oak barrels. The nose is rich and expressive, with notes of lime oil, basil and subtle floral notes and - unlike the 2012 - a more typical elderflower-like Sauvignon character. There's also whiff of the sea about it, reminiscent of fresh oysters. It possesses a considerably complex and structured palate, with zesty lime/citrus 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. Another lovely wine, and a fascinating comparison to the 2012. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Giroflet Blanc 2011 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Giroflet Blanc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - medium/full bodied, aged 1 year vat
Grapes Chardonnay, Viognier, Roussanne, Petit Manseng, Petit Arvine and Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled red meats, game, mushroom risotto, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 or more years
A field blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Petit Manseng, with just a few rows of each variety grown in a vineyard of 0.6 of hectare, typically producing just 1500 bottles each vintage, at around 20 hl/ha. All of the varieties are fermented together then aged for a year in vat, with no oak and little or no added SO2, with only CO2 for protection. Is it stable? Yes! Is it delicious? You bet it is! Lemon zest, apple and hints of apricot on the nose, with plenty of herbaciousness and a good deal of saline/seashell minerality and a subtle "flor" hint. And it gets better and better with air. Those sweet-sour white tree fruit and citrus fruit and herby notes are all present and correct on the palate, with a gentle nuttiness. It is delightfully tangy, initially light and airy, but with an underlying richness that comes from perfectly ripe fruit, with the merest hint of grape tannin and bucket-loads of citrussy acidity and a massive dose of stoney minerality. It really is utterly delicious - and, for the money, a quite remarkable bargain
 

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Domaine de La Marfée Frissons d'Ombelles 2012 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Marfee Frissons d'Ombelles 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Saint Georges d'Orques, west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-to-full bodied, aged in oak for 1 year
Grapes 60% Roussanne, 30% Chardonnay, 10% other
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food All manner of fish or seafood dishes, white meats
Next day
Brilliant - even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
The nose is just wonderfully aromatic, complex and full of vivacity - herbaceous and fruity at the same time, with notes of nettles, mint and hay, mingled with fresh apple and peach, a hint of judicious oak and more stony minerality than you can shake a stick at! If it smells good, it tastes even better, with masses of ripe, juicy, garrigue herb-infused stone fruit and soft citrus flavours, again with a pronounced mineral tang and mouth-watering acidity. With genuine complexity, it manages to be soft and approachable, yet beautifully poised and structured at the same time, in a northern Rhône-meets-Burgundy sort of way, with a long, cool, tangy finish. From one of the great Languedoc growers, this is without a doubt my favourite Languedoc white wine - and an absolute steal at the price. Oh, and if you want to know what the 10% "other" grape variety is that goes into the blend, then feel free to drop us an email - it is a "legal" variety but...... it's a long story! Biodynamic.
 

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Domaine de Ravanès l'Ibis Blanc 2013 IGP Coteaux de Murviel
Domaine de Ravanes Ibis Blanc 2010
Vintage
2013

Region Thézan-les-Béziers, 10km north of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry white - medium/full bodied
Grapes 1/3 each of Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu and Ugni Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Aperitif, seafood, fish, chicken, spicy oriental dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
Limpid, pale gold/straw colour, with a surprisingly complex array of fruit and herbaceous aromas - sage, oregano and crushed nettle, combined with fresh apple and peach, with hints of honey, lanolin and wood smoke. The palate is equally complex - sappy, fresh and mouth-watering, with bags of citrus and tree fruits, almost bone dry, but rounded and quite generous, with a nutty, gently honeyed texture. It also evolves considerably after time in the glass. A cracking little wine, and a real bargain. Lovely!
 

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Domaine de Ravanès Le Renard Blanc 2013 IGP Coteaux de Murviel
Domaine de Ravanes Le Renard Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Thézan-les-Béziers, 10km north of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented and aged 1 year in barrel
Grapes 75% Grenache Gris, 25% Maccabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fish, chicken, pork, paella, oriental dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
The estate's top white, from 75 year-old vines. A lovely bright, medium gold colour, with a fabulous nose that covers just about every base, with fruity, zesty, herby, herbaceous, spicy and mineral notes all putting in an appearance. Lime oil, quince, crushed nettles, thyme, mint, coriander and wet stone are just a few of the aromas and flavours I can pick out, in a wine of genuine subtlety and complexity. Tight and focused in the mouth, offering masses of flavour, with ample acidity and plenty of grip, courtesy of extended maceration on the grape skins, followed by a year's ageing in oak barrels. Restrained power and elegance is the order of the day, with a long, cool, minty/spicy finish. And whilst it really is a joy to drink already, I can see it gaining yet more complexity and weight over the next 3 to 5 years, possibly more. Tangy and dry, rather than rich and oily, this is a wine that is closer in style to white Burgundy or old-style Rioja than Rhone. A really cracking wine, which is good to drink now, but will also age nicely for a few years yet.
 

Price:  £15.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine d'Archimbaud Les IV Pierre Blanc 2014 IGP Pays du Mont Baudile
Domaine d'Archimbaud Les IV Pierre White 2014
Vintage
2014

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 Drink now or over the next couple of years
Ooh, what a fabulous nose! With a heady mix of peach and apricot, melon, pink grapefruit, mandarin and apple (I kid you not - it's all in there!) with background notes of oregano, mint, nettles and honeysuckle, this really is a truly 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 licorice and spice, all tightly-knit and wrapped around a core of mouth-watering acidity. Viognier can sometimes be a bit showy and flowery, but 10% each of Grenache Blanc and Muscat add immensely to the whole - Grenache for a bit of herb and spice and "non-fruit" quality, and Muscat 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:  £12.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2012 AOP Languedoc
Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented/aged in barrel 12 months
Grapes 45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne, 10% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Excellent now, but will age for 5 to 10 years
A gorgeous, limpid, translucent pale gold colour. The nose is wonderfully complex, heavy with the scents of herbs, spices and stony minerality, at the same time exhibiting myriad aromas of apple and peach, mint, honeysuckle and fennel, with subtle notes of spring blossom and lime oil peeping through. The palate has a rich, creamy, almost oily texture, which is perfectly offset by juicy peach and apple flavours, a rasp of cut lime, garrigue herb and spice, whilst the heightened, limey acidity and intense core of minerality makes for an explosively refreshing, yet considerably complex wine. The flavours last an age on the finish, revealing extra layers of complexity and sensation as they do so. It is a shame we could only secure a handful of cases - and even then, we had to beg and plead - for this is without doubt one of the finest Languedoc whites we have ever tasted. A quite faultless and very special wine.
Rated 18/20 in Le Guide Bettane et Desseauve des Vins de France.

 

Price:  £18.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2013 Languedoc
Saint Sylvestre Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, fermented/aged in barrel 12 months
Grapes 45% Marsanne, 45% Roussanne, 10% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Chicken, fish with rich sauces, veal, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Excellent now, but will age for 5 to 10 years
This is grown (fairly) high up in the hills of the Terrasses du Larzac, 30 or so km north-west of Montpellier, where the nights are a little cooler and the growing season a couple of weeks longer than further south. If anything, this is even finer and more elegant than the fabulous 2012, in a northern Rhône-meets-Burgundy sort of way. A lovely pale/medium gold colour with green glints. It has a considerably complex nose that exhibits all manner of white fruit, honeysuckle/floral and herb aromas, whilst the palate is the epitome of restrained power - peachy, appley fruit flavours, laced with honey and lemon, a gently oily texture, a modicum of grape tannin, ample acidity and just a hint of warming spice on one long finish. This really is top, top winemaking, and more than a match for more expensive Northern Rhônes. Drink now, or age for another 5 to 10 years. Lovely wine.
 

Price:  £17.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Le Limoux 2013 Limoux
Rives-Blanques Le Limoux 2013
Vintage
2013

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, barrel-fermented, medium/full bodied
Grapes A blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Mauzac
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or over the next 3 to 5 years
A delightful array of aromas - ripe apples, oranges, passion fruit and lime oil, with subtle notes of garrigue herbs and white pepper. There's also more than a hint of wet stone minerality, in a really quite complex and alluring wine. The palate is oh-so fresh and vibrant, with classic cool-climate apple-tinged Chardonnay fruit, married to lemony/zesty/minerally Chenin Blanc and the more herby, non-fruit character of Mauzac. And it more than equals the sum of its parts, with ripeness of fruit and mineral nervosity in equal measure, and a long, cool, gently minty finish. And before I know it...... my bottle is almost finished. What a lovely wine, which will appeal to lovers or Burgundy and Loire alike.
 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Odyssée 2012 Limoux
Chateau Rives-Blanques Odyssee 2012
Vintage
2012

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, barrel-fermented, medium bodied
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish with sauce, white meats, creamy pasta dishes
Next day
Still very good
Drink Over the next 2 or 3 years
100% Chardonnay, fermented and aged for 6 months in oak barrels (one-third new). The nose offers abundant aromas of peach, orange blossom and lime oil, with subtle herby notes and a touch of oak vanillin. The palate shows a little oak too, but it is beautifully judged and with a lot of other stuff going on – lemon and lime fruit flavours with hints of spiced apples and orange zest. Quite rich, even opulent, warm and spicy, but finely poised and with some elegance. Lovely now, but also with a very promising future, with the potential to evolve nicely over the next 2 or 3 years.
Was £12.95. Bin-End price £10.99. More than a dozen bottles left.

 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Odyssée 2014 Limoux
Rives-Blanques Odyssee 2014
Vintage
2014

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, barrel-fermented, medium bodied
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish with sauce, white meats, creamy pasta dishes
Next day
Still very good
Drink Over the next 2 or 3 years
100% Chardonnay, fermented and aged for 6 months in oak barrels (one-third new). New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Dédicace 2011 Limoux
Chateau Rives-Blanques Dedicace 2011
Vintage
2011

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, fermented and aged in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, white meats, cold cuts
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or over the next 5 years
Aged in barrels of up to 5 years old, but with 8% new. A subtle nose of spring flowers, peach, orange and herbs. Steely dry on the palate, with bags of Chenin character and minerality, and cracking lemony acidity, balanced by a judicious lick of oak. As always with fine Chenin Blanc, a night in the decanter does it no harm at all, over which time it develops further notes of wet wool, lemon curd, tangy apple and serious minerality. Complex stuff, and highly recommended.
Was £12.95. Bin-End price £10.99. More than a dozen bottles left.

 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Dédicace 2012 Limoux
Rives-Blanques Dedicace 2012
Vintage
2012

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, fermented and aged in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, white meats, cold cuts
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or over the next 5 years
Aged in barrels of up to 5 years old, but with 8% new. Lots of aromatic complexity here, with spiced apple pie, mandarin orange and a hint of pineapple, wet stone minerality (not to mention a touch of classic Chenin Blanc "wet dog"!), garrigue herbs and beautifully subtle, creamy oak. The palate offers masses of soft citrus and apple fruit flavours, laced with all manner of spice and herb nuances, perfectly balanced between creaminess and zest, and perhaps even with a suggestion of tannic/mineral grip - and very long, too. You probably wouldn't mistake it for a Loire Chenin, but Languedoc Chenin has a recognisable character all of its own - and this one is a classic example. A really lovely, complex wine.
 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Occitania 2012 Limoux
Chateau Rives-Blanques Occitania 2012
Vintage
2012

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, fermented and aged in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Mauzac
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, white meats, cold cuts
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or up to 2017
An intriguing and rather delightful nose, combining spiced lemon, apple and raisin aromas with notes of honey, orange blossom, mixed herbs and a subtle whiff of oak - like summer in a glass! And whilst Mauzac is typically rather neutral, in terms of fruit aromas/flavours, this one has plenty on show, with bags of zesty citrus and white fruit flavours on the palate, wrapped around a core of tangy acidity, with a definite streak of stony minerality and just the merest hint of oak adding a touch of honey-like richness and texture. A really rather lovely surprise!
 

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Chardonnay-Chenin Blanc 2013 IGP Haute Vallée de l'Aude
Rives-BlanquesChardonnay2013
Vintage
2013

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white, medium bodied
Grapes 90% Chardonnay plus 10% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, fruits de mer, salads, pasta
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now or up to 2016
A delightful pale gold colour, with a touch of CO2 spritz. The nose is a combination of orange blossom, lemon oil and freshly cut apples and pears, with subtle notes of cinnamon and oregano. The palate is medium-bodied, zesty and packed with ripe tree fruit and citrus flavours. A touch of leesy/yeasty richness is offset by mouth-watering acidity and really intense minerality - that 10% Chenin Blanc really does make all the difference, giving real lift. It really is a lovely wine for the money - and ideal for now, or to lay down for another year or two.
 

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Domaine La Combe Blanche Le Four A Chaux Roussanne 2012 IGP Côtes du Brian
La Combe Blanche Four A Chaux Roussanne 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Côtes du Brian, in the Minervois
Colour/Style Dry white - medium to full bodied, aged 3 months in oak
Grapes 100% Roussanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Fish with rich sauces, chicken, pork, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Aromas of honeysuckle, peach, apricot and soft citrus, with subtle oak nuances. Lots of minerality too, very fresh, fruity and expressive. The palate also shows a good deal of stoney, saline minerality, making for a fresh, fruit-filled wine, with plenty of complexity. The texture is quite rich, slightly oily and honeyed, even nutty, but with plenty of balancing minerality and acidity and a long, tangy finish. This isn't a simple quaffer, it is a serious food wine, with enough body to match strongly-flavoured fish with a hollandaise sauce, or lemon-infused chicken, or perhaps pork with apple sauce. Many a white Chateauneuf du Pape would kill for such quality! This is excellent to drink now (epecially if you are brave enough to give it a 24 hour decant) but will also age and evolve very nicely for a few years yet.
 

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Mas Coutelou Blanc Frisant 2013 Vin de France
Mas Coutelou Blanc Frisant 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères 
Colour/Style Dry white - medium to full bodied.
Grapes Macabeo and Grenache Gris
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Seafood, fish, chicken, pork and spicy oriental dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
This is a fascinating wine, which changes and develops over the course of an evening (and into the next day). The addition of 8 grams of residual sugar before bottling leads to a second fermentation in bottle, resulting in a little over 1 bar of pressure and a slight "petillance" (though not enough to warrant specialist corks) - hence the name Blanc "Frisant" (a play on the word frizzante). The wine is also unfined and unfiltered, so it is best to stand the bottle up in the fridge for a day or two before opening, to allow any sediment and crystals to sink to the bottom before carefully decanting.

So what of the wine? An initial hint of reduction (the result of that pressure in the bottle) qickly blows off to reveal a rather complex and intriguing nose, combining orange, lime and quince, with hints of raisins, crushed nettles, herbs and fresh root ginger. The palate is delightfully clean, pure and full of mineral intensity, with ginger and spice-infused tree fruit and citrus flavours and a hint of fennel. Ultimately, it really is quite rich and mouth-filling, perhaps even with a touch of grape tannin and (on day 2) more fruit and non-fruit aromas and flavours, cloves and a hint of vanilla creaminess emerging, with a long, spicy finish. It really is a cracking wine and I suspect that it will age and evolve for a few years yet.

 

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Domaine de La Garance A Clara Blanc 2014 Vin de France
Domaine La Garance A Clara White 2014
Vintage
2014
Region From the hills above Bédarieux, northern Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.0%
Food Seafood/shellfish, baked fish, spicy Asian food, aperitif
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
Ultra-pale, bright, limpid straw colour with orange glints, with the vaguest hint of petillance on opening/pouring (courtesy of a slug of CO2 added at bottling, to keep it fresh). And fresh it certainly is - citrus and apple aromas leap from the glass, with hints of garrigue herbs, lime oil, wet stone and iodine adding some complexity. On the palate, there's an initial rush of citrus and rhubarb - really quite mouth-wateringly fresh and zingy, tightly-wound and almost tart to begin with - but after the CO2 has dissipated, it settles down and becomes more rounded and integrated. It's amazing what a good shake of the bottle and a few minutes of air does to it. Not that you lose any of that amazing acidity - if you are looking for a typically rich Languedoc Chardonnay, then you are looking in the wrong place. This is delicate, tightly-wound, tongue-tingling stuff, with a touch of genuine elegance, perhaps more in the way of a young, un-oaked Jura Chardonnay, a Jurancon Sec or even a bone-dry Riesling. Pure as spring water and chock full of steely minerality and juicy citrus, with a long, contrary, dry yet juicy finish. And just 12% abv.Yummy!
 

Price:  £11.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine La Dournie Marie 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine La Dournie Marie 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Pays d'Oc - in Saint-Chinian
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, barrel fermented
Grapes 100% Roussanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Fish, chicken, pork, salads
Next day
Still good
Drink Excellent to drink now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
A very pale, limpid straw colour. Delicately perfumed and fresh, offering aromas of orange, nectarine and honeysuckle, with a sprinkling of oregano and basil, very subtle oak nuances and a distinct whiff of mineral/wet stone. Roussanne normally tends to have a rich, slightly oily texture to the palate, but this one is beautifully fresh, fruity and crisp, like biting into a just-ripe nectarine or dessert apple, with soft, citrussy acidity and a streak of stony minerality, which makes for a rather delicious and refreshing orange peel and sherbert tang on the surprisingly long finish. Delicious to drink now!
 

Price:  £11.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Viognier 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Viognier 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pays d'Oc - west of Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes 100% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, seafood salad, or even fruit.
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years

This is full of classic Viognier character - intoxicating aromas of honeysuckle, nectarine and orange blossom leap from the glass, with subtle herb, white pepper and spice notes lurking in the background. The palate is equally intoxicating, quite rich, spicy and full-on, but with bags of mouth-watering acidity and just the right level of zestiness (i.e. not too much). It isn't hugely complex (and isn't trying to be) but it packs in a *lot* of flavour and a finish that just goes on and on. I imagine it would go beautifully with spicy Thai/Malay dishes and curries, but it went equally well when we paired it with a creamy/garlicy/mushroomy pasta dish. Bargain.

 

Price:  £8.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée Alexia 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Alexia 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pays d'Oc, west of 'Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes A blend of Muscat a Petit Grains and Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish, shellfish or white meats
Next day
As good
Drink Now, or over the next couple of years

Pale(ish) yellow/gold, with green glints. On the face of it, an unusual blend, but when you look at it logically, not such strange bedfellows. And the best facets of each variety are displayed on both the nose and palate - grapey, orangey, floral notes from the Muscat combine perfectly with the grassy, herbaceous notes of the Sauvignon, in a delightfully refreshing wine. Zingy, rather than zesty, with juicy soft citrus, white peach and herb flavours, it is clean, fresh, elegant and beautifully focused, with bracing acidity and a long, cool, gently peppery finish. A lovely wine, which adds up to more than the sum of its parts - and perfect for sipping on the patio, or to pair with all manner of foods, such as white meats, fish, shellfish or even cheese. Either way, you are onto a winner!

 

Price:  £8.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée Amélie 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée Amélie 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Pays d'Oc, west of 'Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes 80% Chardonnay, 15% Roussanne, 5% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Fish with a creamy sauce, scallops, white meats, cheese
Next day
As good or even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years

The Chardonnay and Roussanne grapes are fermented and aged for a few months in oak barrels ,with the Sauvignon added at the end, to give heightened freshness. Bright mid-gold colour with green glints, the nose offers tropical fruit, fresh grape and orange aromas, with notes of honeysuckle and carefully judged oak. The palate is similarly loaded with fresh, juicy fruit flavours, with a gently oily texture, a touch of saline minerality and a hint of peppery spice. Again, the effect of the oak-ageing is subtle, enhancing rather than overpowering the fruit, whilst adding a hint of tannic structure. An unusual, yet effective blend, which is a delight to drink now, but with the potential to age and evolve for another 2 or 3 years. And at the price, absolutely cracking value for money.

 

Price:  £9.85 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Blanc 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Figure Libre Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Roussillon
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged in barrel for 9 months
Grapes 55% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne, 10% Chenin Blanc, 10% Maccabeu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food White meats, cold cuts, salads or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
The majority of the grapes are sourced from different vineyards around St. Martin de Fenouillèdes in Roussillon's Agly Valley. Each variety is fermented and aged in 1 and 2 year-old barrels for 9 months, before being blended and aged for a further 3 months in vat. The colour is a limpid pale gold, with orange glints. Complex aromas of ripe apples, lime/orange oil, honey, garrigue herbs and spring flowers, with a touch of judicious oak. Tangy/zingy on the palate, but with a touch of richness, with apple and citrus flavours countered by hints of honey and roasted nuts. Acidity? This has it aplenty - a really zingy, refreshing wine, which if tasted blind I would swear was from somewhere cooler. A really delicious wine, and a cracking bargain!
 

Price:  £11.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Chenin Blanc 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Gayda Chenin Blanc 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - Brugairolles, near Limoux
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged in barrel for 9 months
Grapes 100% Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food All manner of fish and seafood, blue cheeses, cold cuts
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
Pale straw colour with orange glints. Nettles and grass on the nose, with hints of spring flowers, pink grapefruit and mandarin orange, and definite slatey minerality. A complex palate, focused, tight and full of racy minerality, with flavours of cut lime, tart apple and herbs de Provence, with really mouth-watering acidity, leading to a long, bone-dry finish. This would give many a Loire Chenin a run for its money - especially in the acidity and minerality stakes. Lovely wine!
 

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

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