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Online Wine Shop  >  Wines by grower - alphabetical  >  Les Vignes de l'Arque - Duché d'Uzès (organic)

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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 Terroir de l'Arque 2014 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Terroir de l'Arque 2014

Region Pays d'Oc, west of Uzès, in the Gard
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged in vat
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
Food Roasted meats, charcuterie, spaghetti bolognaise, cheese
Next day
As good
Drink Now or over the next 2 to 3 years

A limpid, bright red colour with small red fruits, pepper and spice aromas and flavours, with fine, soft tannins and juicy acidity. There is a refreshing bitter cherry note on the finish, together with a hint of dark chocolate. This cuvée used to be made in a big, bold, super-concentrated style, but this latest vintage is lighter and fresher and shows much more elegance. Drinking well already, but will age nicely for 2 or 3 years..


Price:  £8.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)


Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée des Boissières 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Les Vignes de l'Arque Cuvée des Boissieres 2013
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)
Food Entrecote steak, game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now or over the next 5 to 8 years

A dark purple core, fading to deep ruby red, with ripe red and black fruit aromas and notes of toffee, mocha and classy oak. The palate offers sweet bramble and blackcurrant flavours, with notes of bonfire toffee and bitter chocolate, powerful but elegant tannins and a long, gently spicy finish. This is no simple country wine - it is considerably complex and a brilliant example of just how good Languedoc Merlot can be. And great value for money, too.


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


Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes 2013 Duché d'Uzès
Les Vignes de l'Arque Chant des Baumes 201

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)
Food Liver, steak and kidney pie, duck, cheese
Next day
Even better, softer and developing greater complexity
Drink Now or over the next 5 to 8 years

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, curry spices, garrigue herbs, toasty oak and damp earth. The palate is similarly concentrated and full of dense, ripe black fruit flavours, laced with all manner of licorice, peppery spice, coffee and savoury/herby nuances, all wrapped around a core of chocolatey tannins and just the right level of balancing acidity. The spicy, eau de vie-infused mid palate is countered by a long, cool, gently minty finish. Although approachable now, with food, this wine will undoubtedly reward cellaring over the next 5 to 8 years (possibly more). It's a class act and provides quite brilliant value for money.


Price:  £13.50 (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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