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Les Vignes de l'Arque
Les Vignes de l'Arque
The Pont du Gard Les Vignes de l'Arque is situated in the relatively undiscovered Gard region, close to the historical town of Uzès and the amazing Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard. The estate is named after the 9th century chateau, l'Arque de Baron, the ruins of which can still be seen atop the nearby hill. The foothills of the Çevennes are a few miles to the west, and the vineyards of the Côtes du Rhône lie to the east.

Depending on which wine information resource or map one refers to, Duché d'Uzès falls within either (or both) Languedoc-Roussillon or Rhône. Historically and geographically, it is Languedoc-Roussillon, but for administrative purposes (due to the close proximity of the ruling body) it is now designated as Rhône. Indeed, the wines - especially the reds - are perhaps more Rhône in style than Languedoc, although they possess a freshness more typical of the latter. Until recently, the region had no AOP, so all of the wines were designated as IGP (formerly Vins de Pays). Thankfully, that has now changed, with the richly-deserved introduction of the
Duché d'Uzès AOP.

The wines of Les Vignes de l'Arque punch well above their weight and are characterised by lovely concentration and purity of fruit. Furthermore, coming from what can best be described as a vinous backwater, they provide brilliant value for money. The estate has over 70 hectares under vine and was created by the Fabre and Rouveyrolles families in 1994, before which the grapes had been sent to the local co-operative. In recent years, the wines have been made by Mr. Fabre's sons, Patrick and Arnaud, under whose control they have just got better and better. Furthermore, the estate is organic, with full certification in the pipeline.

If you are looking for alternatives to the better-known - and hence more expensive - wines of the nearby southern Rhône valley, the quality/price ratio that these wines offer will not disappoint. And year after year, Les Vignes de l'Arque seem to have the knack of fashioning some truly outstanding wines. They certainly deserve more recognition, but meanwhile, they remain our little secret!


Les Vignes de l'Arque Viognier 2017 IGP Cévennes
Les Vignes de l'Arque Viognier 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Pays de Cévennes - 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 to 2020

Hugely aromatic, offering classic honeysuckle, grape,. melon and peach aromas, with hints of citrus and herbs de Provence. The palate is delightfully refreshing and focused - soft, fruity, zingy, though not at all pithy, with myriad white fruit flavours and a gentle herbiness. Essentially dry, but generous and ever-so-slightly creamy, this really is a delightful wine, perfect for summer drinking. Great with water melon, too!

 

Price:  £9.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée Alexia 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Alexia 2017
Vintage
2017

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

A blend of Muscat and Sauvignon, which exhibits the classic traits of each variety - grapey, orangey and zesty, courtesy of the Muscat and grassy/nettley and herbaceous, courtesy of the Sauvignon. Not that either variety dominates - indeed, this rather unusual combination is a bit of a master stroke. On the palate, there's initially a gentle spritz, which gives the wine real definition and focus, with truly mouth-watering white tree fruit flavours and soft citrus acidity and a long, cool, minty finish. Gold medal winner at the 2018 Paris Show - and very worthy of the accolade too. This really is a brilliant summer white wine, perfect as an aperitif or perhaps with light fish dishes, shellfish, white meats and cold cuts.

 

Price:  £9.79 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée Amélie 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Amelie 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Pays d'Oc, west of 'Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, fermented/aged in barrel
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

Another fairly unusual blend of grapes. Part of the blend is fermented and aged in oak barrels, making for a surprisingly complex and inviting nose, with notes of honeysuckle, spiced apple pie, peach, lime oil and subtle oak vanillin. The palate is equally inviting and full of interesting flavours and textures, offering gently zesty citrus and white fruit flavours, along with subtle notes of garrigue herbs and peppery spice, all wrapped around a core of mouth-watering acidity, again with a long, cool, minty/spicy finish. Another gorgeous wine, equally suited to sipping on the patio or paired with food, from one of the most reliable growers on our list.

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes Blanc 2017 Duché d'Uzès
Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes Blanc 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged 8 months in oak barrels
Grapes A blend of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food On its own, or with fish and seafood
Next day
As good
Drink Now or to 2021

Clear, pale gold colour. Peach, apple and honeysuckle on the nose, with hints of white pepper and spices. Quite rich and unctious on the palate, with a slightly oily/creamy texture, flavours of white tree fruits and fennel and further notes of garrigue herbs. With excellent acidity, perhaps a touch of grape tannin - which offers some grip - and a long, creamy, spicy/minty finish, this is a fine white wine.

 

Price:  £14.89 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Petit Gris Rosé 2017 IGP Cévennes
Les Vignes de l'Arque Petit Gris 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Pays des Cévennes, near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry rosé - medium bodied.
Grapes Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Aperitif, cold cuts, salads, fish, light pasta dishes
Next day
As good
Drink Now to 2020

Very pale onion skin colour, with a nose of little red and white fruits and soft citrus - a veritable summer fruit cocktail! The palate is equally summery and positively refreshing, with masses of juicy wild strawberry, tangy redcurrant and sweet nectarine flavours, again a hint of orange, some nice herby/spicy background notes and wonderful acidity. For a mere vine de pays, this really does punch well above its weight and is another match for many a Provencal rosé at twice the price - as evidenced by it receiving a gold medal at the 2018 Paris wine show.

 

Price:  £9.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes Rosé 2017 Duché d'Uzès
Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes Rose 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry rosé - medium-to-full bodied
Grapes A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food On its own, or with fish and seafood
Next day
As good
Drink Now or to 2021

Deeper in colour and fuller in body and texture than the Gris (above), this has a nose of raspberry, strawberry and cream, with subtle floral notes and even hints of apple and peach. The palate is quite full and almost rich, with redcurrand and berry flavours, a hint of peppery spice and a quite creamy texture, with a modicum of grape skin tannin. It finishes long and spicy. Top class rosé and a very good food wine. Serve well chilled.

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Terroir de l'Arque 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
Vignes de l'Arque Terroir de l'Arque 2017
Vintage
2017

Region Pays d'Oc, west of Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in vat
Grapes Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Roasted meats, charcuterie, spaghetti bolognaise, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Now to 2021

100% Grenache, made in a way that brings out the fresh, youthful fruit. Fairly light in colour - bright ruby red - it reeks of fresh raspberries, blackberries and black cherries, with notes of damp earth and fine eau de vie. The flavours are beautifully ripe, but not overly rich, with ripe, gently rustic tannins and good acidity, making for a balanced wine, which carries its 14.5% abv well, and is actually rather refreshing, especially when lightly chilled.

 

Price:  £10.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Rouge 2016 Duché d'Uzès
Vintage
2016

Region Duché d'Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in old oak barrels for 6 months
Grapes 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food White meats, duck, grilled steak, cheese
Next day
Even better, developing greater complexity
Drink Now to 2023

An old favourite cuvée from an old favourite grower, we have been buying this cuvée from Les Vignes de l'Arque for our own enjoyment for almost 20 years - in other words, for some time before we even began importing from them. It is very much in the style of a (very good) Côtes du Rhône Villages - deep, dark purple/red, with intoxicating aromas of garrigue herb-infused bramble and blackcurrant, leather, tobacco and spice. It is beautifully ripe and almost rich, yet (and this is where it shows its true Languedoc colours) it is also supremely balanced and shows real elegance, with soft, velvety tannins countered by utterly mouth-watering soft citrus and cherry kernel acidity. Indeed, it really is rather refreshing! A really lovely red wine, and offering great value for money.

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée des Boissières 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc
Vintage
2016
 
Region Pays d'Oc, west of Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barrels for 9 months
Grapes 100% Merlot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Entrecote steak, game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now or to 2024 and beyond

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bordeaux grape varieties (this is 100% Merlot) really do make for lovely wines, when grown in Languedoc, because ripeness is never a problem. To be fair, this 2016 is less Bordeaux in character and perhaps more Italian (in a blind tasting, I might be in Super-Tuscan country) insofar as it has bags of vivacious cherry and plum fruit, with subtle oaky aromas and flavours, with notes of black pepper, herbs and curry spices, not to mention a truly mouth-watering core of cherry skin acidity. It really is a remarkably refreshing red wine, but with a genuine depth and complexity. A cracking wine!

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes Rouge 2016 Duché d'Uzès
Vintage
2016

Region Duché d'Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months
Grapes 75% Syrah and 25% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Liver, steak and kidney pie, duck, cheese
Next day
Even better, softer and developing greater complexity
Drink Now or to 2025 and beyond

This is the estate's flagship red wine, aged for 18 months in barrel, and with a deep purple robe. The nose is really complex and packed with dark bramble and cassis aromas, with myraid secondary aromas including curry spices, garrigue herbs, coffee and damp earth. The palate is relatively concentrated, yet surprisingly elegant and wonderfully balanced, offering both red and black fruit flavours (cherry, redcurrant and bramble) and all manner of savoury/herby/spicy flavours, with really fine tannins and bags of juicy, mouth-watering acidity, all of which leads to a long, sweet-sour finish. Much more approachable in its youth than previous vintages, this is lovely to drink now, but will also age and evolve for up to 10 years. Another very classy wine from this most reliable of growers, and excellent value for money.

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Saveur d'Automne 2016 Vin de Pays d'Oc (50cl)
Les Vignes de l'Arque Saveur d'Automne 2016
Vintage
2016

Region Pays d'Oc, near to Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Sweet white dessert - full bodied. Late harvest, oak aged
Grapes 100% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Sweet puddings, fruit, soft cheese, foie gras
Next day
How about next week? Lasts for ages in the fridge
Drink Great now, but will evolve to 2022 and beyond

Clear, pale straw colour, with orange glints. A delightfully intense, perfumed nose, with complex fruit and floral aromas including apricot, orange, fresh grapes, honey, root ginger, turkish delight and a subtle note of oak vanillin. The flavours are somewhere between moelleux and full-on doux, but the inherent richness of the super-ripe, late-harvested fruit (as the name of the wine suggests) is countered by cracking acidity and perhaps even a touch of grape tannin. There is a core of rich, ripe, densely concentrated peach and apricot fruit, with notes of lime oil, preserved root ginger and just a touch of spicy warmth, whilst the very long finish offers a final flourish of tropical fruit and candied citrus. The oak is beautifully judged and integrates seamlessly with the fruit, making for a wine of considerable complexity. Although it is dangerously more-ish, a little actually goes a long way. Whatever, this wine is perfectly capable of sitting in the fridge for a good many days after opening, during which it just gets better and better. A simply exceptional, exquisite, naturally sweet (i.e. not fortified) Viognier.

 

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

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Les Vignes de l'Arque Dozen - Save 10%
Les Vignes de l'Arque
The wines of Les Vignes de l'Arque were amongst the very first wines we ever imported, and we have stuck with them ever since - and the wines, if anything, are even better and more consistent than ever. Furthermore, in terms of quality/price ratio, they are pretty hard to beat. And to entice you even further, we have put together a specially priced sample case. The wines in this selection normally retail separately for £139.44.  This 12 bottle case is offered at the special price of £125.50 (a saving of 10%) and comprises the following wines;

White:
2 x Viognier 2017 IGP Cévennes
1 x Cuvée Alexia 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
1 x Cuvée Amélie 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
1 x Chant des Baumes Blanc 2017 Duché d'Uzès

Rosé:
1 x Petit Gris Rosé 2017 IGP Cévennes
1 x Chant des Baumes Rosé 2017 Duché d'Uzès

Red:
1 x Terroir de l'Arque 2017 IGP Pays d'Oc
1 x Rouge 2016 Duché d'Uzès
1 x Cuvée des Boissières 2016 IGP Pays d'Oc
1 x Chant des Baumes Rouge 2016 Duché d'Uzès

Sweet White:
1 x Saveur d'Automne 2016 Vin de Pays d'Oc (50cl)
 

Price:  £125.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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