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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 spring and summer 2014.

Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Genièvrières 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille
Guillot-Broux Les Genièvrières 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium to full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 1 year
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, chicken, pork
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 5 to 10 years
This parcel of land had been one of the best in the Mâconnais at the beginning of the 19th century, but was left out of the reclassification for vine-growing land in 1935. Uncultivated since the phylloxera epidemic, it was re-planted in 1983.

A bright mid-gold/straw colour, leading to a pale rim. Wonderfully lime-scented, with an array of freshly-cut hay, basil and oregano notes, not to mention a strong perception of wet stone minerality. And that stony theme continues through onto the palate – a veritable double-whammy of bracing, citrus-tinged acidity and a dry, almost chalky mineral edge, which really does make your tabs laugh and your eyes water, in a most enjoyable way. There are plenty of tart Bramley apple and soft citrus fruit flavours, with perhaps the merest hint of something richer, like slightly under-ripe peach or apricot. All of which amounts to a pretty good knife-edge balancing act – with less fruit, the tartness might make the teeth jangle, but any more and it wouldn’t excite the taste buds so much. My goodness, this is lovely wine - and long, too!
 

Price:  £17.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Combettes 2012 Mâcon-Chardonnay
Guillot-Broux Les Combettes 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 18 months
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Fish, chicken, foie gras
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 5 to 10 years
Despite the fact that the vineyards of Les Combettes and Les Genièvrières are contiguous, the two wines produced are dramatically different. Les Combettes is close in spirit to a wine from the Côte d'Or - woody, rich and full-bodied.

A bright gold/straw colour, leading to a pale rim. Delightfully expressive, high-toned and almost prickly on the nose, with gloriously intense lime oil and fresh apple aromas, buttered toast and hints of peach and apricot. So wonderfully intense and flavoursome on the palate too, with bucket-loads of fruit and minerality, utterly mouth-watering acidity and a gentle herbiness. This really is the business - Côte d'Or quality at a much more sensible Mâcon price. A real stunner of a wine, to drink now, or to age for a few years.
 

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

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Domaine Guillot-Broux Les Perrières 2012 Mâcon-Cruzille
Guillot-Broux Les Perrieres 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais in southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium to full-bodied white, aged in barrel for 18 months
Grapes 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Lemon-infused chicken, lobster, scallops, trout
Next day
Even better
Drink Drinking well now, but will evolve for 10 to 15 years
The terroir of the Perrières vineyard consists of Oolitic limestone, in layers of limestone slabs and a thin soil cover (20 - 40 cm). It is very fragile and difficult to work, and was abandoned after the phylloxera epidemic for these very reasons. Comprising just 1.1 hectares, it was re-planted in 1978, with a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. Yields are between 35 and 35 hl/ha. The wine is aged for 18 months in second or third generation oak barrels without either fining or filtering.

The nose is simply gorgeous - all prickly and zingy, scented with the oil of freshly-cut limes, hay, nettles and massive minerality. Not that it lacks in the way of fruit, though - spiced apple, dried orange and soused sultana aromas abound, in a wine of tremendous complexity and verve. All of which carries through onto the palate - and then some! You can spend an eternity picking out myriad flavours and nuances, whilst simply enjoying such a delicious, structured and compelling wine. It grips and caresses at the same time, with tremendous depth and concentration of complex, herb-tinged fruit and stony minerality, wrapped around a backbone of positively eye-watering acidity. Long, complex and utterly lovely, this is undoubtedly a wine to match many a Côtes de Nuits 1er Cru. 
 

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

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Maison Guillot-Broux Mâcon-Pierreclos 2012
Guillot-Broux Macon-Pierreclos
Vintage
2012

Region Pierreclos, Mâconnais, southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium-bodied red, aged 11 months in older oak barrels
Grapes 100% Gamay
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Salads, cold cuts, pasta, seared tuna
Next day
Even better
Drink Lovely now, but will age for 5 to 8 years
The translucent ruby colour and tremendously fragrant nose of this Gamay scores very highly on the come-hither scale. Cherry and redcurrant aromas abound, with subtle hints of spiced rhubarb, violets, new leather and damp earth, and perhaps a suggestion of fresh root ginger. The palate is delightfully fresh and invigorating, with a mouth-watering core of citrussy acidity and just the right amount of tannic grip to accompany the vibrant, tangy, spicy red fruit. Whilst superficially light and airy, it doesn't take too much scratching beneath the surface to reveal extra layers of complexity and flavour, which raise it to another level. It may be Gamay, but it is quite different to Beaujolais. Rather, it has a grace and elegance one might normally encounter in a light, vibrant young Pinot. A wonderful expression of the Gamay grape.
 

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

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Domaine Guillot-Broux La Myotte 2012 Bourgogne
Guillot-Broux La Myotte
Vintage
2012

Region Cruzille-en-Mâconnais, southern Burgundy
Colour/Style Medium-bodied red, aged up to 18 months in oak barrels
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Red meats and cheeses
Next day
Even better
Drink Lovely now, but will age for 10+ years
The estate's top red, from an old, low-yielding vineyard on a mix of marl and limestone, comprising just 0.65 of a hectare, which was re-planted in 1956, with cuttings from Pinot Noir vines from the Cote de Beaune. With a planting density of 8,000 vines per hectare, the average yield is just 30 hl/ha - or just over half a bottle per vine!

A beautiful, bright, translucent cherry/carmine red colour, with a complex, perfumed nose, combining red summer fruits, white pepper and spice, with subtle woody and earthy notes. A good swirl and a few minutes' air reveals yet more complexity, with hints of redcurrant, old leather and woodsmoke. If it sounds elegant, that's because it is - and the palate certainly lives up to the promise of the nose, caressing the tongue with waves of tangy cherry and redcurrant fruit nuances, not to mention something almost floral, like violets and fruit blossom, with a hint of fine white pepper for good measure. It simply exudes elegance, in an almost feminine way, embracing rather than squeezing, as do the tannins, which are fine and gently grippy, whilst the most gloriously juicy acidity carries the flavours all the way through to a long, lingering finish. At the risk of labouring the point, this really is *proper* red Burgundy. Is it worth 24 quid? Definitely.
 

Price:  £23.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011 AOP Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac
Saint Sylvestre Rouge 2011
Vintage
2011
Region Terrasses du Larzac, 25 km north-west of Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in barrel for 24 months
Grapes 70% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Grilled or roasted red meats, game, charcuterie
Next day
Even better
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 10+ years
New - tasting note to follow.
 

Price:  £18.50 (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.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Sans Nom 2005 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Sans Nom 2005
Vintage
2005

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes 100% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef or rich, hearty stews
Next day
Still good, but best on day 1
Drink Now, or over the next 5 years
This is described by the grower as a "cuvée oxidative". And on first opening, there is perhaps a slightly oxidative quality to it, but it opens-up in double quick time to reveal an impressive array of aromas and nuances - a mix of crystallised and baked red and black fruits, freshly-baked bread, polished leather, meat, sun-dried tomato, incense, curry spices and damp earth. Indeed, over the course of a couple of hours, it grows yet more complex, as does the palate, which is crammed full of  fruit, spices and herbs, rich and warming, with fine, soft tannins and plenty of acidity, making for a powerful but supremely balanced wine. A perfectly mature wine, and a brilliant introduction to the Terre Inconnue style - and because we were able to get some for not much money, so can you! Biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2011 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Guilhem 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Saint-Sériès - midway between Nimes and Montpellier
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in used oak barrels
Grapes A blend of Carignan, Grenache, Tempranillo and Merlot
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Roasted or grilled red meats, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
A vibrant, young ruby/purple colour. Despite the seemingly eclectic blend, the nose is classic Carignan - intense aromas of soused bramble and raspberry, fresh bread and aromatic herbs, with evocative sous-bois notes, like a funghi-filled autumn forest. The advertised 15% abv is in this case just a number, for it feels more like 13% - the palate is tremendously fresh and vibrant, with a combination of ripe red and black fruits, fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity making for a wine of real balance and not a little elegance. It's lightness of touch really is a very pleasant surprise, and whilst the finish is underpinned by a gentle warmth and spiciness, it remains fresh and juicy to the very end. A fine, complex and delicious wine, and yet another which demonstrates what old-vine Carignan is capable of, in the hands of a skilled vigneron. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £17.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre Inconnue Leonie 2006 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Leonie 2006
Vintage
2006

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, wild mushroom risotto
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
A semi-translucent blood/carmine colour, fading to a slightly bricking cherry red. A wonderfully expressive and fresh nose, crammed full of red and black summer fruit, spice, mint and blackcurrant leaf aromas. And with the benefit of several years of evolution, it has developed complex secondary notes of polished leather/wood, smoking incense, damp earth and all manner of other things. And if you are (like me) a bit of a Musar freak, then you will love this, for it has that unmistakeable whiff of volatile acidity, which gives tremendous lift and definition to the fruit. It really is very evocative and alluring! The palate is a charismatic and quirky mix of fresh bramble and currants (of both the black and red varieties) and deep, rich fruitcake and preserved fig flavours, wrapped around a core of intensely juicy acidity. And with a firm but ripe tannic structure, it is a wine that is good to drink now, but also has the stuffing to age and evolve for at least another 10 years..... if, that is, you can resist drinking such a delicious and mouth-watering wine! A Languedoc classic. Biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2010 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Los Abuelos 2010
Vintage
2010

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% (yeah, right!)
Food Feathered game, fillet steak, seared tuna, soft cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This wine is a complete enigma, and one that (were I to taste it blind) would have me all over the place. With notes of preserved/crystallised redcurrants and raspberries, polished old wood, garrigue herbs and leather, it does have some of the traits that you would expect from Grenache. Conversely, it has a lightness and freshness - both in terms of appearance and aromatically - that would put me somewhere much further north, perhaps even in Burgundy, with lifted notes of tea, violets and roses making for something really quite elegant and delicate. Which I suppose is not too fanciful, since I have occasionally heard Grenache (especially from very old vines) described as the "Pinot Noir of the Languedoc". And this wine illustrates the point almost to an extreme, for the palate is even more Pinot-like than any Grenache I have ever tasted, with redcurrant and red cherry flavours to the fore, a hint of strawberry sweetness lurking at the end. A core of fine but firm tannin and the most amazing rasp of cherry/citrus acidity carries the fruit all the way to a long, bitter-sweet and totally mouth-watering finish. As for the advertised 15% abv on the label..... well, I am flabbergasted, for it feels for all the world more like 13% or less. This wine might not be typically Languedoc - in fact, it is almost as far removed from the template as it is possible to get. Indeed, the style is not even typical for this estate. But if you have an open mind - and perhaps even a love of fine Burgundy - then you will love this! Biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2010 Vin de Table de France
Terre Inconnue Sylvie 2010
Vintage
2010

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 Now, or over the next 10+ years
Sérine is (depending on where you look or who you read) either a particular clone of Syrah or - more likely - the original Syrah, from which other clones were developed. Either way, it seems that many of the Northern Rhône's greatest red wines are based on the Sérine variety and, having become almost extinct in the second half of the 20th century, it's cuttings are now highly-prized by the best growers. And whilst it may still be a relatively rarity in the Rhône, it is even more so in Languedoc, especially old vines like those of Terre Inconnue. Yields for this wine are miniscule, at an average of just 10 hl/ha, and it shows. The colour is deep and concentrated - as is the nose, which at the same time exudes freshness, with notes of violets and cherries, bramble and leather, infused with garrigue herbs and exotic spices, a fleeting hint of coffee grounds and a refreshing streak of volatile acidity. The palate grabs you from the off, with fine, grippy tannins and bright, fresh, mouth-watering acidity, combining seamlessly with dense, ripe red and black fruit flavours. With time in the glass, it develops notes of fresh bread, mint and oregano on the nose, with more in the way of red fruit flavours such as cranberry and redcurrant. It is still relatively young, but supremely balanced and already deliciously drinkable, with a persistent finish. You can drink it now, or age it for another 10-plus years. Either way, it is a fine, complex and compelling wine. Biodynamic.
 

Price:  £33.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Terre des Chardons Bien Luné 2013 Costières de Nimes
Terre des Chardons Bien Lune 2013
Vintage
2013

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - medium-to-full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food Grilled meats, stews, game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 3 to 5 years
As with the 2012, this latest vintage is intensely aromatic and bursting with youthful exhuberance. Aromas of leather and damp earth mingle with all manner of mineral and citrus, not to mention a veritable pot pourri of red and black fruits, violets and black olive. The palate combines all of those wonderful fruit and floral elements with notes of soft spice and white pepper, countered by hints of savoury black tapenade and beef, a core of fine tannin and really juicy acidity - again, positively northern Rhone in style. Being so young (bottled in February 2014) it will certainly benefit from a few months more in bottle, but it really is deliciously drinkable from the off. How can a wine at this price point pack so much aroma and flavour? Who knows, but it really is a stunning bargain! Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

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

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Terre des Chardons Chardon-Marie 2012 Costières de Nimes
Terre de Chardons Chardon Marie 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Costières de Nimes
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in vat
Grapes 100% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Rack of lamb, rib of beef, feathered game, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 10+ years
This is the estate's top red wine, named in honour of winemaker Jerome Chardon's grandmother, Marie (Chardon-Marie is also the French name for milk thistle, hence the label design and the play on words). It comes from the best parcel of Syrah vines - and it shows. The nose simply reeks of all manner of red and dark fruits, especially raspberry, blackcurrant and red cherry, with complex floral and savoury undertones such as violets, black olive tapenade and just a hint of meat/leather. There's no oak, remember, but a wine as good as this doesn't need oak. It is so clean, so fresh, so full of life and youthful vigour, with a palate crammed full of concentrated fruit and herb flavours. There's an intriguing touch of saline minerality, countered by a cool, almost minty quality, whilst velvet tannins and a rasp of gloriously prickly acidity make for a supremely balanced and deceptively elegant wine. The finish is delightfully sweet and sour - and very long. This is very much in the Northern Rhone style of winemaking, and - whilst unbelievably good to drink already - has the capacity to age and evolve into something even more beautiful, over the next 5 to 10 years. A very special wine, which (for me) sets a new benchmark for the appellation. Certified organic and biodynamic.
 

Price:  £18.95 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache Blanc-Viognier 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo White 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied
Grapes 85% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food As an aperitif, or with fish, chicken, salads, cheese
Next day
Even better
Drink Now to 2017
Fresh, intensely floral, yet massively fruity on the nose, with apple blossom and lemon aromas giving way to peach and orange peel, with hints of tropical fruit and mint. The palate is crammed full of flavour, combining ripe tree fruits, citrus and herbs with a touch of honeyed richness and truly mouth-watering acidity. A beautifully refreshing and really rather elegant wine - and excellent value for money, too.
 

Price:  £7.99 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Sauvignon Blanc 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Sauvignon 2013
Vintage
2013
 
Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied
Grapes 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.0%
Food Fish, shellfish, salads, cheese or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
From grapes grown locally in Brugairolles and Malviès, fermented in stainless steel and aged for several months on its lees before bottling. A very structured wine, bordering on serious, with lime/lemon and mineral aromas and subtle hints of pea pod and elderflower. Vibrant and full of tangy fruit flavours, like a halfway house between Sancerre and New Zealand (though perhaps closer to the former, rather than the latter). A nicely crafted wine.
 

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Domaine Gayda Viognier 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Viognier 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied, part oak-aged
Grapes 100% Viognier
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food White meats, cold cuts, salads or on its own
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or over the next 2 to 3 years
The grapes for this wine are sourced from no less than 4 different areas - limestone in Limoux and La Liviniere, slate in Roussillon and basalt in Pézenas. 10% of the blend is fermented and aged for 6 months on its lees in new oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel.The nose begins a touch muted, but opens out after a while, whilst the palate is a riot of soft citrus and peach, with a nice hint of bitterness on the finish. Another delicious wine.
 

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Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Grenache-Syrah 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Red 2013
Vintage
2013

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - medium bodied
Grapes 60% Grenache, 40% Syrah
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Red or white meats, cold cuts, grilled veg, pasta, cheese
Next day
Still good, retains freshness
Drink Now to 2017
With a heady waft of red and black summer fruits, freshly-baked bread, herbs, spices and notes of damp earth and tobacco, this really hits the spot. The palate is simply crammed full of summer fruit and orange flavours, with juicy acidity and earthy but ripe tannins. Medium weight and a delight to drink, it is very much in the mould of a good Cru Beaujolais, but with deeper, more intense flavours and fruit so chunky you can almost bite it. A really delicious all-rounder, and great value for money.
 

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Rouge 2012 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Red 2012
Vintage
2012

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 9 months
Grapes 45% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 10% Carignan, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% mourvedre
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, roasted vegetables
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or up to 2020
The grapes are sourced from a variety of vineyards in Roussillon, Minervois/La Livinière and Gayda's own estate in Malepère. Fermented in stainless steel, then aged for 9 months in a variety of oak barrels. Fragrant with notes of fine eau de vie, cherry skins and garrigue herbs. Subtle notes of mint, coriander and freshly cut grass add real freshness to the high-toned red and black fruits. The palate is beautifully balanced and fruity, shot through with flavours of fresh bramble and spiced oranges, with firm but ripe tannins and excellent acidity, with a gently spicy, sweet-sour finish. It just needs a little time for the tannins to soften a little, after which it will drink well for a good few years. 
 

Price:  £12.50 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2012 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Cabernet Franc 2012
Vintage
2012

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in oak barrels for 10 months
Grapes 100% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Red meats, game, roasted vegetables, rich stews
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or up to 2022
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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

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Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2011 IGP Pays d'Oc
Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2011
Vintage
2011

Region IGP Pays d'Oc - sourced from various parts of Languedoc
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied, aged in barrels for 21 months
Grapes 68% Syrah, 28% Grenache and 4% Cinsault
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Fillet of beef, rack of lamb, game, mushroom risotto
Next day
Even better
Drink Now, or up to 2025
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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

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Chateau Rives-Blanques Cuvée de l'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.
 

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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 2011 Blanquette de Limoux
Chateau Rives-Blanques Blanquette 2011
Vintage
2011

Region From the hills surrounding Limoux
Colour/Style Sparkling white, brut
Grapes 90% Mauzac, plus Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
12.5%
Food As an aperitif, or with all kinds of food
Next day
Drink on the same night
Drink Over the next 3 to 5 years
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Treloar One Block Muscat 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar One Block Muscat 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Trouillas in the Cotes du Roussillon, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - medium bodied.
Grapes 100% Muscat a Petits Grains
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.0%
Food Aperitif, salads, seafoods, chicken, creamy cheeses
Next day
Still really good
Drink Drink now or up to 2015
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2012 IGP Côtes Catalanes
Domaine Treloar La Terre Promise 2012
Vintage
2012

Region Trouillas, west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry white - medium-bodied, fermented and aged in barrel 
Grapes 65% Grenache Gris, 25% Macabeu, 10% Carignan Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
13.5%
Food Fruits de mer, paella, steamed fish, chicken or cheese
Next day
Better still - takes time to evolve
Drink Now, or up to 2018
Aged for 9 months in French oak barrels (10% new). Despite its origin and blend of grapes, there is something faintly Burgundian in the aromatic and flavour profile of this wine. A hint of orchard fruit and tangy citrus, but it's the non-fruit elements that stand out - piquant herbs, slate/wet stone and an intriguing but unmistakeable hint of freshly-harvested oysters(!) The palate offers a warmth and strength of body that screams southern France, of course, but there is a distinct lack of "heat". Indeed, it possesses more than a little elegance, with plenty of subtle fruit and mineral flavours, with a welcome rasp of grape and/or wood tannin, a healthy lick of mouth-watering acidity and a long, gently warming finish. Classy wine, which would (surprise surprise!) be a brilliant match for a selection of fruits de mer, or lots of other unadorned seafood or fish dishes.
 

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Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Three Peaks 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Cotes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied. Aged 12 months in used oak barrels
Grapes 60% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 5% Carignan
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Grilled meats, casseroles, cheese
Next day
Still good
Drink Lovely now, but will age nicely to 2020 and beyond
As always seems to be the case with this cuvée, the nose exhibits a considerably complex array of ripe, high-toned raspberry, bramble and meat/savoury aromas, with hints of iodine, leather, forest floor and a lick of spicy oak. The palate is deep, rich and extracted, yet remains delightfully fresh, with dense, dark fruit, herb and exotic spice flavours wrapped around a core of firm, rich, rustic tannins and high-toned, ever-so-slightly volatile acidity. I have said this before of previous vintages, but once again, I can honestly say that the bar has been set even higher with this one. It really is a benchmark Roussillon expression of the S/G/M blend, with wonderful ageing potential. Which only goes to underline my assertion that Three Peaks is one of the best wines, in terms of quality and price, in the Treloar range. A rare and fabulous bargain.
 

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Domaine Treloar Motus 2011 Côtes du Roussillon
Domaine Treloar Motus 2011
Vintage
2011

Region Côtes du Roussillon, Trouillas, south-west of Perpignan
Colour/Style Dry red - full bodied, aged in oak barriques for 2 years 
Grapes 92% Mourvedre, 8% Grenache
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Beef, lamb, game, cheese
Next day
Better still
Drink Excellent now, but will age to 2020 and beyond
The nose on this is just wonderful. Bramble and black cherry, meat, polished old leather, woodsmoke, herbs and curry spices all get a look-in - really evocative and complex, redolent of well-used church pew or a favourite old wardrobe. The palate offers ripe red and black fruits and a hint of soft citrus, with beautifully ripe, polished tannins and mouth-watering acidity. And even at 3 years old (at the time of writing) youth is no bar to the sheer loveliness and approachability of this wine. Think of a top Bandol, but a touch softer and less forbidding - and a lot cheaper! A supremely classy wine.
 

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Domaine Piétri-Géraud Cuvée Méditerranée 2009 Banyuls
Domaine Pietri-Geraud Banyuls 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Banyuls - by the Mediterranean, near the Spanish border
Colour/Style Full-bodied fortified red, aged in oak barrels
Grapes 90% Grenache, 10% Carignan - 40 to 100 years old
Alcohol (a.b.v)
16.0%
Food Strong cheeses, patés, rich fruit cakes and puddings (including chocolate), dried fruits - versatile!
Next day
Lasts for weeks, once opened
Drink Excellent now, or will age to 2030 and beyond
New vintage - tasting note to follow.
 

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The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon by Wendy Gedney
WendyGedneybook
 
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.



 

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