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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 autumn/winter 2014.

Domaine du Garinet Cuvée Bonheur 2012 Cahors
Domaine du Garinet Cuvee Bonheur 2012
Vintage
2012
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Region Cahors - 10km south of Puy l'Evêque and the River Lot
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied - aged in vat (no oak)
Grapes 100% Malbec
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red meats, spicy or herby sausages, pizza, or on its own
Next day
Still showing  nicely
Drink Great to drink now, or up to (say) 2018
The deep, almost opaque purple colour of this wine almost belies it's sheer drinkability. For whilst it still looks and smells young and fresh, it is (as billed by the grower) made for drinking - in relative terms - relatively young. The nose is unmistakably Cahors, with intense bramble and blackcurrant fruit, cedar, iodine, roasted meat and leather aromas leaping from the glass. Pretty full-on, of course, but with rustic charm aplenty on the palate - sweet-sour cassis and black cherry fruit, meaty/savoury, a twist of black pepper here, a sprinkling of mixed herbs there, with bright acidity and chunky tannins holding everything together beautifully. And whilst some examples of young Cahors can sometimes be a bit too much like sucking on a pencil, this one is liberally dosed with sweet, ripe fruit. And much to my delight (thankfully, for I didn't manage to write anything on opening) it is one of those wines that tastes even better on day 2. It really is rather yummy!
 

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

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Domaine du Garinet Classique Malbec 2005 Cahors
Domaine du Garinet Classique Malbec 2005
Vintage
2005

Region Cahors - 10km south of Puy l'Evêque and the River Lot
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied - aged in vat (no oak)
Grapes 100% Malbec
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, spicy or herby sausages, pizza, or on its own
Next day
Still showing  nicely
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
A medium-deep garnet red colour. Whilst at the same time gently herby and savoury, this wine certainly majors on fruit, with an abundance of black cherry and bramble aromas. And whilst it still looks and smells young and fresh, it is just beginning to shake off some of the puppy fat and develop secondary notes of spiced orange, blackcurrant leaf, cedar and tobacco. And despite the deep colour, it is surprisingly elegant on the palate, with supple tannins offering just the right amount of grip to accompany the fresh red/black fruit flavours and juicy acidity. Nothing sticks out - it all comes together in a deliciously sweet and sour whole. You could easily drink a glass or two for its own sake, but it is equally good as a food wine, whilst it certainly has the structure to age gracefully for a few years yet. A really delicious wine.
 

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

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Domaine du Garinet Classique Malbec 2007 Cahors
Domaine du Garinet Classique Malbec 2007
Vintage
2007

Region Cahors - 10km south of Puy l'Evêque and the River Lot
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied - aged in vat (no oak)
Grapes 100% Malbec
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, spicy or herby sausages, pizza, or on its own
Next day
Still showing  nicely
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
Aromas of bramble, meat and earth leap from the glass, with hints of fresh bread, herbs, pencil shavings and fine eau de vie - all in all, a very alluring nose that just keeps you coming back for another sniff. Whilst slightly lighter than it's predecessor vintage, the palate is again earthy, yet full of fresh, tangy red and black fruit flavours. Medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh, focused and finely balanced, with supple tannins and juicy acidity. A really lovely wine.
 

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

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Domaine du Garinet Fûts de Chêne 2004 Cahors
Garinet Fut de Chene 2004
Vintage
2004

Region Cahors - 10km south of Puy l'Evêque and the River Lot
Colour/Style Dry red, medium/full bodied - aged in new oak barrels
Grapes 100% Malbec
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red or white meats, toulouse sausages, cassoulet
Next day
As good, if not better
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
Deep, semi-opaque garnet red colour. As with the Classique (above) the deep colour is a bit of a red herring, for there is real elegance here. The nose is really lovely, with aromas of bramble fruits, cherries, blackcurrants and dried orange peel accompanied by some delightful secondary notes of smoke, damp earth, iodine and really classy (i.e. understated oak). The fruit is bright and still beautifully fresh on the palate too, and whilst the tannins are still nicely grippy, they add to, rather than get in the way of, the overall enjoyment. There's a core of sweet, ripe red and black fruit flavours, countered by a delightful cherry kernel sourness and juicy acidity. Balanced, elegant, ageing nicely, but a good few years away from its absolute peak. All-in-all, a beautifully fresh, mouth-watering, complex wine, which is a credit to the Cahors appellation.
 

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

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Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2013 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou l'Estela 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged on its lees (in vat - no oak) for 6 months
Grapes 50% Gros Manseng, 10% Petit Manseng, 40% Courbu
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Salmon, shellfish, chicken, stir fry, or as an aperitif
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
Clear, pale, shiny silvery-gold colour. Reading through my note on it's predecessor (the 2012) I don't really have a lot to add. Once again, the nose offers a complex array of freshly-cut lime, grass, spring flowers and elder blossom, with stony minerality and a strong whiff of Provençal herbs (notably oregano and basil). It is beautifully fresh and focused in the mouth, with flavours of lime and lemon zest, tart apple and under-ripe nectarine. Medium-bodied, but with excellent concentration of fruit (and no oak) wrapped around a core of intense minerality and laser-like acidity, with a subtle spiciness on the long finish. If you appreciate delicate, nervy whites light and fresh on the palate, yet with tremendous depth and complexity - then you will love this wine, which is great to drink now, or over the next year or two. Although equally suitable as an aperitif or with food, this is no run-of-the-mill quaffer - it is a tight, focused and really delicious wine, and surely worth a tenner of anybody's money. Quite simply, one of the finest bargains on our list. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £9.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Préciouse 2013 Jurançon Sec
Domaine de Montesquiou Cuvade Preciouse 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Dry white, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 70% Gros Manseng, 30% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Aperitif, hard cheeses, lemon chicken, risotto, salmon
Next day
Even better - keeps for days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
A bright, medium-pale, limpid gold colour. I could happily sit just savouring the aromas and flavours of this wine and not write a word. But of course I must - because from the moment the cork is pulled, it takes all of a minute to start showing the vibrancy, class and sheer joie de vivre that I have come to expect from the wines of Domaine de Montesquiou. I have often opined that this estate is the greatest discovery of my time in the wine business, and this one delivers everything I hope for and more. It reeks and tastes of apple, lemon, lime, quince and all manner of stone fruits, with subtle floral and herbal nuances and more steely minerality than you can shake a stick at. Aged in oak barrels for a year, though you may not notice, for the effect is masterly. And the palate certainly lives up to the billing, with all of the elements melding together in perfect harmony. It bites, yet at the same time caresses, with bucket loads of white fruit and citrus, wrapped around an immense core of steely, stony minerality and bracing acidity. It really does make the mouth water and the tabs laugh in a truly life-affirming way. Although from a backwater of southwest France, and made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng, this isn't (stylistically) a million miles from top-notch white Burgundy. Or perhaps something *really* good from its close namesake, the Jura. Frankly, I have run out of superlatives for this grower's wines. Quite simply, they are very special. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £11.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2013 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Amistat 2013
Vintage
2013
 
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 12 months
Grapes 100% Gros Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Foie gras, Serrano ham, tarte tatin, or as an aperitif
Next day
As good - lasts a good few days in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years
The colour is a bright, limpid, shiny, pale gold. The nose is surprisingly complex, with aromas of quince, papaya, pineapple, fresh root ginger and fleeting hints of coconut oil and petrol. The texture is at the same time luscious and utterly mouth-watering. An intense attack of bitter-sweet citrus and crystallised white fruits gives way to a wonderfully tangy, semi-dry mid-palate, followed by a lingering, tangy, spiced orange marmalade finish. In the hierarchy of Montesquiou's sweet wines, this is strictly speaking the "entry level", and whilst the Gros Manseng is perhaps a touch more rustic than the noble Petit Manseng of Grappe d'Or, it is in many ways almost as compelling and contrary. Even for an estate that simply doesn't know how to make average wines, this is somewhat of a mini-masterpiece.
 

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

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Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2012 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Grappe d'Or 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 11 months
Grapes 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Blue cheese, foie gras, smoked salmon, tarte tatin, lemon layer or Sussex pond pudding, or simply as an aperitif
Next day
Indestructible - lasts for weeks in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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

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Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2011 Jurançon
Domaine de Montesquiou Vendanges Tardives 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Jurançon - south-west of Pau, in deepest SW France
Colour/Style Sweet white, aged in oak barrels for 18 months
Grapes 100% Petit Manseng
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Blue cheese, foie gras, smoked salmon, tarte tatin, lemon layer or Sussex pond pudding, or simply as an aperitif
Next day
Indestructible - lasts for weeks in the fridge
Drink Now, or over the next 10-plus years
New vintage - tasting note to follow
 

Price:  £26.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie 2013 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged partly in oak barrels, mostly in vat
Grapes 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roast red meats, vegetable and pasta dishes
Next day
Still fresh the next day
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
20% of the blend is aged in oak barrels for a year, whilst the remaining 80% is aged in vat. Deep, bright purple with a carmine rim. Fresh, youthful and vibrant, this reeks of everything that is unique about the red wines of this most distinctive of Languedoc appellations. Aromas of redcurrant and black cherry, with a veritable pot-pourri of violets, white pepper, garrigue herbs and black olive. It is beautifully fresh in the mouth too, with a tangy, sweet-sour texture, somewhat less savoury than the nose might suggest. Medium-to-full bodied, with ripe tannins, a dash of pepper and spice and abundant juicy acidity. It will undoubtedly take on a little more weight over the next 2 to 3 years, but it is so delicious now, why wait? A lovely little wine.
 

Price:  £9.80 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Etienne 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged for 10 months in oak barrels
Grapes 50% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Roast red meats, vegetable and pasta dishes, game
Next day
Still fresh
Drink Over the next 5 to 8 years
Beautifully fresh and vibrant from the off - the nose is delightfully prickly, with oodles of garrigue herb-infused red fruit, beef and black olive aromas, which carry through in the mouth, whilst the combination of supple tannins, savoury depth and orangey acidity makes for a deliciously sweet and sour style. The flavours are intense and subtle in equal measures, with plenty of minerally, fruity/herby Syrah character, a touch of softness from the Grenache and the Carignan adding a welcome touch of rustic grip. Once again, an effortless combination of restrained power and elegance - and once again, textbook Saint-Chinian.
 

Price:  £12.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie Elise 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie Elise 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, partly aged in new oak barrels, the rest in vat
Grapes 80% Syrah, 20% Grenache (50 year old vines)
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Venison, beef, lamb and vegetable hotpot, roast pork
Next day
Still singing
Drink Over the next 10 to15 years
A deep, semi-opaque purple core, with a narrow rim. An enticing array of fruit and savoury notes - aromas of bramble and plum combine with black olives and new leather, garrigue herbs, damp earth and very fine eau de vie, in a wine of considerable complexity. Although winemaker Veronique Etienne may not thank me for saying so, Elise is always the most "northern Rhone" of her wines in style (and therefore also representitive of the finest schiste-grown Saint-Chinian terroir) and this vintage is no different. Granted, it is still pretty primary and youthful on the palate, but it already displays the body, freshness, fruit, minerality and black olive quality typical of this cuvée. It is beautifully ripe and full of succulent black cherry and bramble fruit flavours, but with plenty of nuance and complexity peeping through, with a nice tannic/acidic balance. Although undoubtedly approachable now, this will begin to show it's true potential in a year or two and evolve brilliantly for at least 10. Without a doubt one of the finest wines in the appellation.
 

Price:  £14.90 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Chateau La Dournie "La Dournie" 2011 Saint-Chinian
Chateau La Dournie La Dournie 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Chinian, north-west of Béziers
Colour/Style Dry red, aged in used oak barrels for 1 year
Grapes Grenache and Carignan from a single plot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Venison, beef, lamb, mushroom risotto
Next day
Still excellent
Drink Over the next 10 to15 years
This has the unmistakable whiff of a (very) fine wine...... a veritable cornucopia of fresh and preserved red and black fruits burst forth from the glass, combined with all manner of herbal, floral, medicinal, earthy and savoury aromas. Freshly baked bread/brioche also gets a look in, not to mention a hint of the very finest eau de vie you can think of. Oh and just the *faintest* lick of (older) oak. It really is quite the most complex, integrated and intoxicating wine. There's always a danger that such a wonderful nose might end up as the highlight, but in this case not a bit of it - this wine is absolutely the real deal, with oodles of spice-laden, garrigue-infused black cherry and bramble fruit, rich, ripe tannins and a backbone of truly mouth-watering acidity. A rather well-known and respected wine writer and Languedoc expert described it as "reminiscent more of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but not too heavy or alcoholic". Well I am here to tell you that the latter may be accurate, but the former is not. For although it may not be like your everyday Saint-Chinian, it does possess all of the vibrancy and elegance that the best wines from this (relatively cool-climate) region of Languedoc has to offer - and is therefore far more reminiscent of the wines of the northern Rhone. The more I drink it, the more I am falling for it's rich, sweet-sour, tangy-spicy-herby loveliness. A masterpiece.
 

Price:  £21.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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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.
 

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

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Domaine La Combe Blanche Calamiac Terroir 2013 Minervois
La Combe Blanche Minervois 2013
Vintage
2013
Region Minervois, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, cheese, pizza.
Next day
Better still
Drink Now or over the next 3 to 5 years
Guy Vanlancker never fails to make delicious wines, even at the "lower" end of the scale, and this is a classic example of his craft. Bright cherry red in colour, it displays a typically elegant pot-pourri of damson, cherry and raspberry fruit, spring flowers, crushed nettles and garrigue herbs. The palate has plenty of bright, succulent red and black fruit flavours, with earthy undertones, a backbone of ripe, tea-like tannins and really juicy acidity. This really is a quite lovely wine, with a good deal of complexity and elegance - the sort that has you sticking your nose in the glass and keeps you coming back for more. And how many wines at well under a tenner can do that, these days? Textbook Minervois - and the best vintage of this cuvée I have tasted in years.
 

Price:  £8.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine La Combe Blanche La Galine 2008 Minervois La Liviniere
Combe Blanche La Galine 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Minervois La Liviniere, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, 18 months in old oak
Grapes 40% Syrah, plus Grenache, Carignan and Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.5%
Food Duck, game, steak, lamb, chicken
Next day
Still good
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 10 years
Deep purple core with a dark ruby rim. This really is a gloriously perfumed wine, with multi-layered black cherry, bramble and raspberry aromas, accompanied by damp earth, polished wood, leather, fine eau de vie and subtle notes of violet and peony. And whilst slow to come out of its shell, it gets more and more complex after a few hours in the decanter (and positively sings on day 2). Whilst evidently full-bodied and ripe, it possesses more than a little complexity and real elegance, with a multitude of fresh - rather than baked - red and black fruit flavours, infused with garrigue herbs and again a touch of earthiness. A combination of remarkably fine, supple tannins and juicy, orange-tinged acidity completes the package. The finish is long, spicy, warming, life-affirming - and truly worthy of contemplation. At this price, it really is a steal. You can drink it now, with pleasure, but it should also age nicely for a good few years yet.
 

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

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Domaine La Combe Blanche La Chandeliere 2011 Minervois La Livinière
Vintage
2011
Region Minervois La Liviniere, north-east of Carcassonne
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. 18 months in old oak barrels
Grapes 75% Syrah, 25% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Fillet steak, roast beef or lamb, game
Next day
Even better - takes a full 2 days to open out
Drink Very approachable now, will evolve over next 10 years
A deep, blood red colour, with a narrow ruby rim. This is classic La Liviniere Syrah/Grenache - and a classic vintage of La Chandeliere. The nose is supremely complex and expressive, offering dense aromas of black fruits, leather, mint, garrigue herbs, sous bois and curry spices. Rich and beautifully ripe in the mouth, the combination of spiced bramble and plum flavours with fine tannins, vibrant acidity, a gentle herbiness and just a hint of warming eau de vie is a joy to behold, with a finish that lingers for an age. As ever, with Guy Vanlancker's reds, this wine is no shrinking violet, but (again, as ever) it possesses more than a little elegance and charm. And whilst lovely to drink already, it has a great future ahead of it, and should evolve until at least 2025. A brilliant wine.
 

Price:  £15.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine La Combe Blanche l'Enfer Pinot Noir 2010 IGP Côtes du Brian
La Combe Blanche l'Enfer Pinot Noir 2010
Vintage
2010
Region Côtes du Brian, in the Minervois
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied. Aged in old oak barrels for 18 months
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Rich game dishes, lamb, fillet of beef
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10 to 15 years
This deep, dark purple coloured wine certainly smells and tastes like Pinot Noir, but don't expect a light, airy Burgundy look-alike! The aromas, flavours and texture of this wine are very definitely rooted in the warm south, with rich, ripe red and black fruits and a hint of classy oak, perhaps even similar in style to a Californian Pinot. The flavours are similarly rich and ripe, but far from heavy, with velvety tannins, a touch of red cherry sourness and a decent lick of acidity making for something really quite balanced and more-ish. It is approachable now and whilst certainly no shrinking violet, I have enough experience of Guy Vanlancker's Pinots (going back to the mid-1990's) to know that this could turn into something rather special and ethereal in 10 to 15 years. Either way, a lovely wine!
 

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

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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 2 to 3 years
New - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £14.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Mas Coutelou Sauvé de La Citerne 2013 Vin de France
Mas Coutelou Sauvé de La Citerne 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 70% Mourvedre, 30% Syrah. 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red and white meats seasoned with herbs, pasta dishes
Next day
Best consumed on day 1, but still good on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 2 or 3 years
New - tasting note to follow.
 

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

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Mas Coutelou Classe 2013 Vin de France
Mas Coutelou Classe 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full-bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 80% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 5% Grenache 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, duck, herby sausages, pasta with rich sauce
Next day
Even better on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 5+ years
This is a gorgeous bright, semi-translucent carmine red colour. And what a wonderful nose too - a veritable bucket-load of soused brambles and raspberries, old leather and spice, with hints of flowers and even white fruits, autumnal forest floor, herbs de Provence and a refreshing whiff of volatile acidity - it really is truly vibrant and full of life! Wave upon wave of succulent, mouth-watering, sweet-sour red cherry and bramble fruit flavours coat the mouth, with a sprinkle of white pepper and spice adding a savoury note, all of which is wrapped around a core of gently rustic, grippy tannins and lip-smacking soft citrus and cherry skin acidity, which carries all the way to an impressively long finish. And for those who cn't finish the bottle on day 1, this just gets better and better with air - after 24 hours, the tannins are softer, the fruit gains even more weight and elegance and everything comes together in a most glorius way. A simply delicious, life-affirming wine, which should put a smile on the grumpiest of faces!
 

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

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Mas Coutelou Copains 2013 Vin de France
Mas Coutelou Copains 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Puimisson - midway between Béziers and Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full-bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 75% Cinsault, 20% Syrah, 5% Grenache 
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Beef, lamb, feathered game
Next day
Best on day 1, but still good on day 2
Drink Now, or over the next 5 to 8 years
New - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £19.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Cébene Ex Arena 2012 Vin de Pays d'Oc
Domaine de Cebene Ex Arena 2012
Vintage
2012
Region Béziers, Pays d'Oc
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied
Grapes Grenache and Mourvedre - partly oak-aged
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Roasted red meats, game, cheeses.
Next day
Improves for 2 or 3 days
Drink Can be drunk now, or aged for up to 10 years
Grenache and Mourvedre, from sand-based terroir in Corneilhan, just north of Béziers. New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £13.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Cébène Belle Lurette 2013 Faugères
Vintage
2013
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied, aged in steel vats
Grapes 70% Carignan, plus Grenache and Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Char-grilled red meats, duck, grilled vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 5+ years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £15.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Cébène Les Bancèls 2012 Faugères
Vintage
2012
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better - improves for days
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 5 to 8 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £15.25 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine de Cébène Felgaria 2011 Faugères
Vintage
2011
Region Faugères
Colour/Style Dry red - medium/full bodied
Grapes 50% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Red meats, game, duck, tuna carpaccio, risotto
Next day
Even better - you really need to give it 24 hours!
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age nicely for 10+ years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £25.75 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon by Wendy Gedney
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A good many years have passed - and so much exciting progress has been made - since any new books devoted to the wines of Languedoc and Roussillon have been published. And at last, the wait is over, with the release of "The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon" by Wendy Gedney.

The aim of this book is not to lead you to individual wines or wine growers. Rather, it offers an all-encompassing guide for the wine lover, with chapters covering the history of the region, the many and varied landscapes and terroirs, the grapes, the wine laws, the wine styles and viticulture.

We are taken on a vinous journey from the Gard, in the far east of Languedoc, all the way to Banyuls and Collioure at the southern end of Roussillon, detailing the grapes, wines and terroir of every appellation and sub-appellation in-between. Along the way, we learn about towns and villages of note, the scenery, some of the region's notable food and drink specialities and lots more.




The 170-plus pages of the book are beautifully illustrated and greatly enhanced by myriad specially commissioned colour maps, pencil drawings and watercolours by illustrator Jenny Baker. Most importantly of all, it is a book which will appeal not only to seasoned Languedoc-Roussillon aficionados and wine enthusiasts, but also those who are seeking to learn more about the region. Furthermore, since it's main purpose is to offer an all-round guide to the region and it's wines and vineyards - rather than keep up with the relentless pace of change and evolution amongst the wine-making fraternity - it is sure to remain relevant and topical for many years to come.

And for that, it deserves a place on the bookshelf or coffee table of any self-respecting lover of Languedoc-Roussillon.



 

Price:  £19.95

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