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Chateau d'Estoublon
Chateau d'Estoublon
As a merchant specialising in the wines of southern France, I tend to get numerous emails every week from some or other grower or their agent, looking to gain a foothold in the UK wine market. Time (or a distinct lack of it) dictates that I reply to only a small percentage of these emails – usually dependent on whether I am one of hundreds of recipients of a bulk email, or the target of an altogether more selective campaign. And although the majority of the growers on our current list are there because I found them, a few are there because they found me.

One such grower is Chateau d’Estoublon, a long-established estate, situated on the southern slopes of the Alpilles, which was purchased in 1999 by the Schneider family (of Breitling watches fame). The family immediately set about restoring the imposing 18th Century Chateau and the surrounding vineyards and olive groves, whilst their young winemaker Remy Reboul (under the tutelage of the legendary Eloi Durrbach of Domaine de Trévallon) set about making the wines. Some  replanting was also carried out – mature Grenache and Syrah vines were already there, together with Grenache Blanc for the white wine. But unfashionable workhorse varieties such as Counoise, Cinsault and Ugni Blanc were replaced with more noble varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Marsanne and Roussanne, which came into production with the 2002 vintage.

The main Chateau red wine is based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, plus 20% Cabernet Sauvignon (the maximum permitted for the Les Baux de Provence appellation). The 3 separate bottlings of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre (i.e. monovarietals) do not qualify for the appellation, or even any IGP/Vin de Pays denomination, so they only qualify as Vins de Table - but what Vins de Table! Just one white is made, being a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc. Because Marsanne and Roussanne are not permitted varieties for the AOC, this wine bears the label "Vin de Pays des Alpilles". But make no mistake, this is brilliant stuff, which stands comparison with the (far more expensive) Trévallon white wine – and indeed, many a top white Chateauneuf or even Hermitage. And last but not least, the Rosé is pretty darned good - again, comparing very favourably with its more expensive cousins from a bit further south. All of the wines are certified organic (Ecocert).

Domaine d'Estoublon Blanc 2009 Vin de Pays des Alpilles
Domaine d'Estoublon Blanc 2009
Vintage
2009

Region Provence - Fontvieille, on the southern edge of the Alpilles
Colour/Style Dry white, full bodied. Aged in oak for 11 months
Grapes Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.6%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Still excellent
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 5 to 10 years
A deep-ish but translucent gold colour, fading to a narrow, watery rim. This wine really is something else - intense aromas of apricot, orange marmalade, quince, fennel, root ginger and damp earth are just a few of the things you may find, in a wine of enormous complexity and allure. The flavours are equally as intense and concentrated, with apricot, fig, crystallised orchard fruits and juicy orange to the fore. There's a gentle creaminess and a rich pastry sort of quality which, combined with notes of cinnamon and clove, is redolent of a sweet apple crumble, laced with a touch of Calvados. Nevertheless, there is plenty of underlying acidity, which offsets any notion of residual sugar (I'm not sure there is that much anyway). It is essentially a dry wine, but one quite unlike almost any you will have tasted before. Amazing stuff!
 

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

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Minna Vineyard Blanc 2008 Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône
Minna Vineyard White 2008
Vintage
2008

Region Southern Provence - between Salon and Aix
Colour/Style Dry white - fermented/aged in oak barrels and steel vats
Grapes 45% Vermentino, 26% Roussanne, 29% Marsanne
Alcohol (a.b.v)
14.0%
Food Smoked salmon, shellfish, chicken, cheese
Next day
Even better - benefits from a night in the decanter
Drink Can be drunk now, but will age for 5 to 8 years
A slightly different blend than the 2007 (though from the same 3 grape varieties) showing a pale, bright, limpid gold colour. It is somewhat lighter-bodied and perhaps even a touch more elegant than the 2007 - not better, just different. The nose is more high-toned, more prickly, more fruity, lemon/limey, with an abundance of fresh herbs on the nose, a hint of granny smith and clove, orange pith and a whole load of minerality. It is lighter on the palate, too, but no less flavoursome - delicious flavours of herb and spice-infused apple, peach and soft citrus abound, with wonderful grip, succulent acidity and no sign of the pithy, slightly bitter flavours that can often be found in Provencal/southern Rhone whites. It really is gloriously fresh, fruity, herby and - once again - winey. The finish is tangy and mouth-watering and keeps you coming back for more. Furthermore, it really does benefit from a night in the decanter, becoming richer and more complex with plenty of air. Delicious, but will it age? I think so, but whether you want to drink it now, or keep it for a few years, you are onto a winner!
 

Price:  £17.80 (Including: VAT at 20%)

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We deliver only to UK and Northern Ireland addresses. The minimum order value is £75 (plus the delivery charge). You may of course choose a mix of any wines in our range. Orders between £75 and £200: delivery charge is £7.50. Orders over £200: delivery is free! (If your order is over £200, please remember to change the delivery charge in checkout to £0.00). Please note: Delivery to non-mainland addresses (Scottish Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, etc.) is usually possible, but may not be on a next-working-day basis. It is also more expensive than delivery to mainland addresses, so will be charged at cost (for orders under £200) but with a small discount for orders over £200 - please call us for a quote.

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