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New arrivals - the latest additions to our list
Here, you can see at-a-glance the most recent additions to our list, be they new vintages from existing growers, or wines from growers completely new to us. This page is updated/refreshed on a regular basis, as and when new wines arrive. The wines below are all new for 2015.

Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2006 Vin de Pays de l'Hérault
Domaine de La Garance Les Armieres 2006
Vintage
2006
Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah, aged for 2 years in barrel
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
Mostly Carignan, with a little Syrah, and this one has quite a lot of sediment. But I don't let a little sediment worry me, for it is what the wine tastes and smells like that is important - and my word this one is good! The nose offers-up myriad aromas of red and black fruits, woodsmoke, pepper, exotic spices, leather and garrigue herbs. There is also a strong hint of grilled meat and - at the other end of the spectrum - even some delicate floral notes. A huge hit of bramble and redcurrant fruit washes over the palate, accompanied by the most wonderful citrus-tinged acidity and all kinds of other flavours and textures, which coat the mouth and linger for an age. This really is a wine which fills the senses and keeps you coming back for more. There is plenty of grip, but the sheer pleasure offered by the intense, concentrated, yet gloriously succulent sweet-and-sour fruit is such that you almost don't notice the tannin. Every mouthful leaves you salivating and simply craving for more. It is utterly delicious, and yet another example of why I think Carignan - in the right winemaker's hands - is the jewel in the Languedoc's crown. A stunning wine.
 

Price:  £18.95 (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
Grapes 90% Carignan and 10% Syrah, aged for 2 years in barrel
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
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:  £17.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de La Garance Bruixas Vin de Liqueur Solera Hors d'Age
La Garance Bruixas Hor's d'Age
Vintage
A "solera" consisting of 5 vintages from 2001 onwards

Region Caux, a few km north-west of Pézenas
Colour/Style Lightly fortified red - full bodied
Grapes 100% Grenache Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Aperitif, after dinner, blue cheeses, rich fruit cakes.
Next day
Lasts for weeks, once opened
Drink Now, or over the next 20 or more years
100% old-vine Grenache, blended from the fruit of no less than 5 different vintages (from 2001 onwards) and lightly fortified. There's a fine sediment, courtesy of having spent several years in barrel, and bottled without fining or filtering, but it pours a pale, limpid tawny/mahogany colour, fading gently to an even paler rim. The nose is quite beguiling - coffee grounds, chocolate, molasses, fig, burnt orange, polished wood and a wonderfully evocative hint of autumn forest floor, not to mention an impressive array of preserved red and black berry aromas. There's also the vaguest hint of fine eau de vie, but this is such a gently fortified wine that neither the nose nor the palate shows too much in the way of alcohol. The palate is gloriously smooth and generous, combining flavours of rich fruitcake, orange peel, fig, molasses, lapsang tea and mocha, with a long, tangy, earthy finish. Beautifully resolved tannins and a streak of tangy sour cherry acidity complete the package, in an utterly more-ish wine of great depth and complexity. Similar in style to an aged vintage Maury or Banyuls. A wonderful wine.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Les Bruyeres 2013 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Les Bruyeres 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 50% Carignan, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef or rich, hearty stews
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 10-15 years
Winemaker Robert Creus advised me to taste and assess this wine over 3 to 4 days, since (at the time of writing - February 2014) it is so young and very recently bottled. I can sort of see why it will take that long to show it's true colours, but I have to say I am loving it from the start! Yes, the tannins are chunky and robust and the acidity is relatively high, but it is absolutely chock full of fresh and pickled bramble and sour cherry fruit, damp earth aromas and flavours that it is hard to resist! Add to that some subtle hints of polished wood and spicy, herby notes, plus of course that utterly wonderful streak of volatile acidity that I love in Robert's wines, and it really is a wonderfully fresh, vibrant, expressive wine. After time in the glass, it also begins to develop some nice floral/violet aromas, which lend a touch of real elegance to the fruit, which is increasingly turns more red (rather than black) by the sip. For the money, this is an absolute bargain, whether you drink it now, or cellar it for 10 years. Biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2012 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes A blend of Grenache, Merlot, Carignan and Tempranillo
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
An eclectic blend of old-vine Grenache, Merlot, Carignan and Tempranillo, and a big, brooding wine, with tremendous depth and complexity. The nose offers notes of black fruits steeped in eau de vie, leather, tapenade, roasted meat and coffee, not to mention huge wafts of garrigue herbs and burning incense. The palate offers all of this and more, with a combination of fresh and baked fruits and tertiary elements, backed up by robust tannins and a layer of fabulously juicy acidity that builds towards a long finish. Granted it is still very youthful, with a long (10 year - plus) future ahead of it, but it is already offering much pleasure. Brilliant wine! Biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Leonie 2011 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Leonie 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% old-vine Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 10-15 years
I don't know what the magic formula is for making great wines in different vintages, but Robert Creus seems to have found it. Which is a testament to the hands-off approach he adopts - namely, if you let them do their stuff, great grapes make great wines. And this is yet another example. There is an initial whiff of reduction, which evolves quickly into a meaty, savoury nose, with simply masses of bramble fruit, burning incense and a really quite intoxicating array of herbs and curry spices. The flavours are intense yet imbued with an elegance and fleetness of foot that only really old (in this case 100 year-old) Carignan vines are capable of offering. Wave upon wave of tangy, gently pickled red and black fruits coat the palate, so much so that you almost don't notice the healthy layer of tannin, especially since it also possesses that wonderful, ever so slightly volatile acidity seemingly inherent in Robert's wines (completely natural, don't forget). It really is quite beguiling and utterly delicious. Actually I am surprised that it shows so well at such a young age, since the last vintage we sold was the glorious 2006 - a full 5 years older. Which just goes to show that great wine will be great at any stage in its development. Simply superb. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £21.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2011 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache (100 year-old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Feathered game, fillet steak, seared tuna, soft cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 10+ years
Every Terre Inconnue wine I open leaves me searching for fresh superlatives to describe just how good they are - and this is another remarkable effort. It's Grenache Jim (from 100 year old vines) but not as we know it! Undeniably rich and full of plum and raspberry fruit, but with a style and sheer elegance rarely, if ever, found in Grenache's Rhône 'heartland'. Although somewhat less Burgundian in style than its predecessor vintage, it still manages to be ethereal and fleet of foot, with a wonderful potpourri of fruit and tertiary aromas and flavours. Notes of menthol, tobacco, polished leather and cassis/blackcurrant leaf emerge with time in the glass, with the tannins kept in check by brilliantly piercing orangey/lemony acidity. The savoury/spicy elements combine seamlessly with elegant redcurrant and cherry flavours, leading to a long, dry, peppery finish. A fantastic wine. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £29.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2011 Vin de France
Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah and 50% Sérine
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, game, hard cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Over the next 10-15 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £32.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Coteaux du Languedoc
L'Argentier Languedoc 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah, plus Mourvedre and Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food White meats, risotto, sausages, pizza
Next day
Even better - opens out nicely after a night in the decanter
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
A lovely, limpid blood red colour, with an intensely aromatic nose, combining curry spices and garrigue herbs, with notes of spiced orange, forest floor and leather, all wrapped around a core of summer fruits. The palate is quite powerful and mouth-filling, with an array of redcurrant, cherry and plum fruit flavours, again with a hint of spiced orange. Firm but ripe, tea-like tannins combine with juicy acidity and a hint of licorice, making for a delightfully tangy, sweet-sour style, with a long, mouth-watering finish. A really enjoyable wine.
 

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Languedoc Sommieres
Chateau l'Argentier Sommieres 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Carignan, 10% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, garlicy sausages
Next day
Even better - takes 2 or 3 days to show its best
Drink Over the next 8 to 10 years
As with the above wine (and this is like its big brother) the nose belies the freshness and vitality of the palate. Initially rich and deeply fruity, with hints of curry spices, roasted meat and leather, it evolves with time into something more perfumed and elegant. Flavours of bramble, plum, licorice, herbs and spices are countered by firm but fine tannins and a core of cherry skin acidity, which makes for a deliciously sweet-sour and tangy wine, with a lingering finish. Given plenty of air, this wine just gets better and better, so if you must drink it in one session, I would recommend you decant several hours in advance, or even the day before. A super wine with a great future!
 

Price:  £14.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Languedoc Gres de Montpellier
Chateau l'Argentier 2011 Gres de Montpellier
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 65% Grenache, 17.5% Carignan, 17.5% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, risotto, spicy sausages
Next day
Even better
Drink Over the next 8 to 10 years
A pale-ish, translucent cherry/blood red colour. The nose offers crystallised red berry and cherry fruits and a mélange of herbs, spices, damp earth and eau de vie, with a subtle creaminess. The palate is packed with raspberry/cherry fruit and spice flavours, together with a subtle meaty/savouriness, fine, ripe tannins and ample acidity, all of which combine in a really rather elegant wine. The finish is long, dry and gently warming. Who needs oak, when the raw materials and the level of winemaking skill is as good as this. Another delicious wine, and yet another that will age for a good few years - if you can resist.
 

Price:  £14.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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L'Argentier Vieilles Vignes de Cinsault 2011 IGP Pays d'Hérault
l'Argentier Cinsault 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Grilled meats, roasted vegetables, cold cuts
Next day
Still good, but not quite as fresh as on day 1
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
This is pure Cinsault from a vineyard planted in 1969 (so 45 years old). As can be expected with Cinsault, it is the lightest of this grower's reds - both in colour and body - but nevertheless delicious. It offers aromas of red berry fruits laced with spices and herbs, with subtle hints of sous bois and freshly baked brioche. It is beautifully soft and approachable, full of raspberry and redcurrant fruits, with soft tannins and a gently creamy texture and flavour. In fact it is really rather light and ethereal, in an almost Burgundian sort of way, but with a softer feel. There's plenty of acidity though, and just the right amount of tannic grip. Cinsault is (along with Carignan) traditionally one of the "black sheep" grapes of the Languedoc family, but I have enough evidence to suggest that, from old vines and a sympathetic hand in the winery, it can make fabulous wine - and this is one of them. Lovely stuff!
 

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

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L'Argentier Vieilles Vignes de Carignan 2011 IGP Pays d'Hérault
L'Argentier Carignan 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red, full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Roasted red meats, hearty stews, herby sausages
Next day
Even better - opens out nicely after a night in the decanter
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Pure Carignan from a vineyard planted in 1935 (80 years old). A reassuringly bright colour, with rich fruitcake aromas and flavours, a touch of spice and a whiff of eau de vie. An initial slight tarriness on the nose dissipates to reveal a rather elegant wine, with a silky-smooth palate, soft, ripe tannins and a spicy warmth. It really begins to show its true colours after 24 hours in the decanter - still with a gentle warmth, beautifully balanced, gently spicy and with a tremendous core of crystallised red fruit flavours, flowers, herbs and soft spices, tea-like tannins and a rasp of juicy, orange infused acidity. This is a wine that (with the benefit of a day's air) could hardly fail to appeal to the most jaded palate. A truly delicious and elegant expression of my very favourite grape variety. An absolute cracker!
 

Price:  £14.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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l'Argentier Aramon Rosé 2014 Vin de France
l'Argentier Aramon 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Sommières, in western Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry rosé, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% old-vine Aramon
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled vegetables, cold cuts, salads, pizza
Next day
Still good
Drink Now or over the next couple of years
Lovely aromas of red fruits and herbs, with hints of white fruits, roasted meat and fennel. The palate is soft and luscious, unlike many others of its kind, with flavours of ripe eating apples, raspberry, redcurrant and peach, together with a delightfully creamy texture and perhaps even a touch of grape tannin. And whilst there is plenty of juicy acidity on offer, there is nary a hint of the bitter pithiness one often finds in so many rosés. A lovely, gentle, yet surprisingly complex rosé.
 

Price:  £10.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Coutelou La Buvette A Paulette 2013 Vin de France
Mas Coutelou La Buvette A Paulette 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red and white meats, pasta dishes
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
An impressively deep colour, which belies the rather elegant nose and palate. A wonderfully fresh and vibrant combinination of lusciously juicy blackcurrant and black cherry fruit, grippy tannins and fabulous acidity, with notes of damp undergrowth, peppery spices and new leather. It doesn't pretend to be particularly complex or even especially age-worthy, although it will certainly keep for a few years. But when it is as delicious as this, who cares?! Such a lovely wine deserves to be drunk young and hearty and without too much ceremony. A brilliant and completely natural Cabernet, which just leaves you salivating!
 

Price:  £10.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Coutelou La Vigne Haute 2013 Vin de France
Mas Cotelou La Vigne Haute 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red and white meats, pasta dishes
Next day
Still very good
Drink Now, or over the next 5 or so years
Rightly or wrongly, I tend to compare every Syrah that comes my way to the benchmark wines of the northern Rhône. And, whilst undeniably Languedoc in origin and style, this one compares very favourably, with its elegant red fruit and savoury/saline aromas and flavours, along with hints of roasted meat, polished leather and a veritable pot pourri of aromatic herbs and spices. In time, little notes of violet and honeysuckle begin to emerge, making for a truly alluring and elegant nose. At a mere 13 percent abv, the grapes for this wine were evidently harvested relatively early, thus retaining all of those lovely fresh fruit and floral aromas and flavours and mouth watering acidity. There's plenty of colour - and a healthy dose of tannin to match - but this only serves to heighten the sheer vibrancy and youthful vigour of this wine. As ever with Jeff Coutelou's wines (and despite the zero added sulphur) I suspect this can only get better with a few years' ageing. Then again, this is yet another of his wines that are almost too good not to drink young!
 

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

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Mas Coutelou L'Oublié NV Vin de France
Ma Coutelou l'Oublié NV
Vintage
NV - a blend of several vintages from 2001 to 2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged several years in old demi-muids
Grapes Carignan and Syrah 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, duck, casseroles, risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A quirky "solera" blend of Carignan from the 2001, 2007 and 2010 vintages, plus Syrah from the 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 vintages. When first opened, it smells really fresh and full of fruit, but with an unmistakably cheesy - and undeniably attractive - whiff of maturity. A day or even 2 days later and that cheesiness disappears, and the wine is even fresher, more perfumed and more alluring than when first opened. Complex notes of old leather, curry spices, forest floor and fine eau de vie are married to fresh bramble and cherry aromas and flavours, and perhaps a touch of licorice. The tannins are nicely chewy and robust and the acidity is - surprise, surprise - mouth-watering and tangy. The overall effect is a full-bodied, concentrated, yet really elegant wine, which will age nicely for a good few years, although again, there is no need whatsoever to wait. A brilliantly quirky and really delicious wine!
 

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

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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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Domaine Monplezy Canon Huppé 2014 IGP Cotes de Thongue
Domaine Monplezy Canon Huppé 2014
Vintage
2014

Region Cotes de Thongue, Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, medium bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Grilled pork chops, pasta with tomato sauce, pizza
Next day
Almost as good
Drink Over the next 3 years
A brand new cuvée from Domaine Monplezy, this is pure Cinsault, aged for a few months in stainless steel vats before bottling and released young (at the time of writing - March 2015 - it is the first French 2014 I have tasted). The colour is a bright, limpid cherry red, and the aromas and flavours are equally bright, with fresh red currant and berry fruits, candied orange peel and a gentle earthiness, with soft tannins, stony minerality and juicy acidity. Cinsault is - unfairly in my opinion - generally consigned to being a constituent of blended rosé wines in the Languedoc, but this is a brilliant example of what can be done with it when left to take on some skin colour, tannin and more of that lovely red fruit. The result is a completely delicious and more-ish wine.
 

Price:  £9.85 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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 to full bodied
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 3 months, 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.
 

Price:  £12.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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
As with Le Blanc, 20% of the grapes are given the “orange” treatment, by way of extended maceration on the skins. 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 Turner Pageot Les Choix 2012 Vin de France
Turner Pageot Les Choix 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry white - full bodied, aged 2 years in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Shellfish/seafood, chicken, aged Comté cheese
Next day
Still fine
Drink Over the next 5+ years
The grapes are fermented and macerated at a warm temperature for 5 weeks in whole clusters, resulting in an "orange" wine, with plenty of body, tannin and colour. And the colour is, well, a bright, limpid orange (or a sort of 24 carat gold). And the nose is spectacular! Profoundly "winey", with little hints of stone fruits and honey, herbs and spices, new leather and, you've guessed it, oranges too - more precisely, dried essence of orange oil. You know like when you find a desiccated clementine that escaped the bowl and went unnoticed for a few months(!) Add in a hint of polished old wood, some decaying leaves and the merest hint of very fine Cognac and you get the picture - a very, very complex wine. In many ways, it reminds me of those fabulous Lopez de Heredia white Riojas, but with the volume turned up to 11. Again, the palate is intensely "winey", with myriad stone fruit, soft citrus and secondary elements woven together into something really quite sublime. Beautifully rich, but equally well balanced, with cracking acidity and a perceptible streak of grape tannin, allied to a quite dry, almost nutty (rather than oily) texture and a long, gently warming, almost dry, bitter/spiced orange marmalade finish. A fabulously quirky and utterly more-ish wine - and pretty much "natural", too. Non-believers be damned! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £22.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot 48H 2013 Vin de France
Vintage
2013

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry, deeply-coloured rosé or "clairet" 
Grapes 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Cold cuts, light meat dishes, grilled sardines, curries
Next day
Still fine
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Clairet is a term the Bordelais use for a light red wine, or a very dark rosé. The method is basically saignée (the free-run juice) but taken only after an extended 48 hour maceration (hence the name 48H). The colour is more of a bright ruby red than rosé ,and indeed it is closer in style to a red wine, with masses of juicy redcurrant, raspberry, orange and garrigue herb aromas and flavours, genuine body and depth and even a modicum of tannin. Deliciously ripe and rounded, with a hint of peachy richness, but with enough acidity and grip to make it a perfect match for many different dishes. A delicious wine. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2012 Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Le Rouge 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged partly in barrel, partly in vat 
Grapes 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Just as good, perhaps even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
60% Grenache from schiste, 20% Grenache from other terroirs and 20% Syrah from volcanic basalt. The grapes go through an extended maceration on the skins, with the absolute minimum of added sulphur and is bottled unfiltered. And boy does it hit the spot - a beautiful deep but limpid blood red colour, with a truly expressive and heady nose of mixed red and black fruits, brioche, polished leather, iodine, tobacco and spice. The sort of smell that transports me instantly to the Languedoc. Richly fruited and full bodied, with a healthy dose of tannin and acidity to match, it is undoubtedly very youthful and needs a year or two to really get into its stride and for all of the elements to knit together. But it is such a joy to drink now that the gentle dryness of those tannins - like the very finest dark, bitter chocolate - is more than offset by the sheer vibrancy and depth of the fruit, spice and downright earthiness on offer. It really is the absolute essence of sweet and sour loveliness, with a long, dry, pepper and spice finish and a bitter orange and black cherry taste that lingers for an age. At the price, this is an absolute bargain - indeed, amongst the greatest bargains on our list. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £12.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2010 Coteaux du Languedoc Pézenas
Turner Pageot Carmina Major 2010
Vintage
2010

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 70% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food All manner of lamb, beef, duck and mushroom dishes
Next day
Still fine
Drink Now, or over the next 8 to 10 years
70% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre, aged for 1 year in wood, after an extended 3 month maceration. Dense, tarry and smoky on the nose, with rich bramble and plum flavours, opening out with notes of spices and herbs and bright, orangey acidity. This wine really opens out nicely with a few hours of air, revealing aromas of old wood, meat, curry spices and orange peel. The palate is certainly rich, ripe and extracted, but surprisingly elegant, with redcurrant, cherry and bramble fruit flavours combining beautifully with spices, herbs and salty, stony minerality, in a deliciously tangy, sweet-sour whole. A serious (and seriously good) wine, built to age, but surprisingly good to drink now. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Domaine Turner Pageot B815 2012 Vin de France
Turner Pageot B815 2012
Vintage
2010

Region Gabian, north of Pézenas
Colour/Style Dry red, full-bodied, aged 1 year in oak barrels
Grapes 95% Grenache, 5% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Lamb, beef, duck, liver
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
From a single, north-facing vineyard, on limestone soil, winemaker Emmanuel Pageot calls this his 'grand cru'. He also considers Grenache to be the 'Pinot of the south', and this wine illustrates his point perfectly. It actually takes a day in the decanter for all of its subtleties to reveal themselves. Initially, I was expecting something big and brash and showy, but this is just the opposite, for it has real charm. Aromas of red berry and cherry fruits, garrigue herbs and floral, earthy, freshly baked brioche nuances combine beautifully in a considerably complex nose. Indeed, rarely do you find a Grenache-based wine that shows such perfumed elegance at such a young age. The palate is crammed full of fresh and crystallised red fruit flavours, subtle herb and spice nuances and an equally subtle streak of saline minerality, all of which is wrapped around a core of very fine tannin and mouth-watering acidity. It's a veritable beauty, which can either be enjoyed young (though preferably decanted 24 hours in advance) or aged for a good few years. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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