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FRANCE

Arguably the most important wine-producing country in the world, France produces a huge variety of styles of wine from simple vin de pays to the most sought after wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Champagne region.

Even today, with wine produced all over the globe, the wines of France are still often seen as the yardstick that other producers aspire to emulate.

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  • Merlot 2015, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Merlot 2015, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    OR50

    Sourced from a family run estate near Beziers, the “Vieille Grange” wines from Calmel & Josephof offer excellent value – as the sign at the property says, “Vins de plaisir…..Enjoyable wines.”

     

    The Merlot is dark in the glass with a rich nose full of plum aromas. The palate is full and soft with ripe, juicy fruit.

     

    £8.70

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Vieille Grange, “Les Fines Roches”, Calmel & Joseph, IGP d’Oc, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    FR15

    Sourced from a family run estate near Beziers, the “Vieille Grange” wines from Calmel & Joseph of offer excellent value – as the sign at the property says, “Vins de plaisir…..Enjoyable wines.”

     

    The Sauvignon Blanc is bright with aromas of white fruits, cut grass and citrus. The palate is dry and zesty with hints of lemon and green apples. Very refreshing.

     

     

    £8.70

  • “Pietas” 2016 Vieilles Vignes Carignan, IGP Pays d’Hérault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    “Pietas” 2016 Vieilles Vignes Carignan, IGP Pays d’Hérault, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    FR09

    Produced by Les Producteurs Réunis co-operative in the Languedoc.

     

    Made from carefully selected fruit from 40 year old Carignan vines this wine is a lovely balance of traditional and modern. The Carignan is very typical of this part of southern France but is rarely seen on its own – it is more usually used in blends with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault etc.

     

    Modern wine making techniques, particulary the use of temperature-controlled stainless steel in fermentation, results in a very fruit driven style with hints of spice and tobacco amid the ripe red berry aromas. The palate is soft and silky with masses of juicy fruit and only a touch of the earthiness so typical of wine from this area.

     

    Look past the slightly wacky label, this is a really impressive and excellent value red wine!

     

     

    £8.94

  • Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2008, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    Château Caronne Ste. Gemme 2008, Cru Bourgeois, Haut-Médoc, 13% vol, 37.5cl

    CL37

    A very reliable Cru Bourgeois property, Château Caronne Ste. Gemme is located in the Haut-Médoc adjacent to St.Julien. Owned by Jean and Francois Nony, the property consists of 45 hectares of vineyards and produces over 20,000 cases a year.

     

    Caronne-Ste.Gemme is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. The wine is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel before being transferred for maturation in oak barriques (20% of which are new, the rest being 2nd or 3rd fill) for 12 months.

     

    A rich nose of red fruit, cedar and spices leads on to a powerful palate that is full of red fruit flavours, herbs and oak  balanced by firm  tannins and subtle oak. A lovely wine from a good vintage.

     

    Half Bottle

    £9.78

  • Viognier 2014, Domaine La Bastide, I.G.P. Aude – Hauterive, 13% vol, 75cl

    Viognier 2014, Domaine La Bastide, I.G.P. Aude – Hauterive, 13% vol, 75cl

    FR17

    Guilhem Durand, together with his consultant Claude Gros (who looks after some of the best Domaines in the Languedoc) have really refined Château La Bastide into delicious wines of great value.

     

    100% Viognier from a 3 hectare vineyard of low-yielding, 20 year old vines.

     

    Vinification is in fibreglass vats with 3 months ageing on the lees to add complexity and richness.

     

    Golden yellow in appearance, the nose is of candied fruits and mild spices. The palate is dry with flavours of ripe fruits (peach, apricot) and a round, textured mouth feel. The finish is long.

    Great as an apéritif or to accompany grilled fish, salads and asparagus.

    £10.14

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Domaine l’Herré, I.G.P. Côtes de Gascogne, 12% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Domaine l’Herré, I.G.P. Côtes de Gascogne, 12% vol, 75cl

    FR06

    This 130-hectare vineyard is located at the foot of the Gascogne Pyrenees and  specialises in white varietals. Warm weather during the day and cool nights give ideal conditions to produce fresh, characterful Sauvignon Blanc.

     

    Very pale in appearance, the wine has a lovely fresh and zesty nose with white fruit and citrus aromas. The palate is dry and searching with plenty of fruit and mouthwatering acidity.

     

     

    £10.14

  • Picpoul de Pinet 2015, “Villa Blanche”, AOP, Calmel & Joseph, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    Picpoul de Pinet 2015, “Villa Blanche”, AOP, Calmel & Joseph, 12.5% vol, 75cl

    FR18

    Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

     

    On the edge of the Mediterranean, alongside the Etang de Thau, Picpoul de Pinet AOP is one of the oldest vineyard areas and the largest white wine region in the Languedoc. The marine influence is important because it controls daily temperature fluctuations and keeps the nights cool even when daytime temperatures are high.

     

    The grapes (100% Picpoul) are picked early in the morning to keep them at optimum temperature to enhance the freshness of the finished wine. A short, 4-hour, maceration takes place before pressing. Fermentation also takes place at low temperatures in stainless steel vats. After alcoholic fermentation, the lees are stirred weekly for two months. There is no malolactic fermentation which again adds freshness and zip to the wine. Prior to bottling the wine is aged in ateel for 2 months.

     

    Clear and bright in appearance, the wine has the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a slight saline character.

    £10.44

  • Picpoul de Pinet 2016, Domaine Delsol, 12% vol, 75cl

    Picpoul de Pinet 2016, Domaine Delsol, 12% vol, 75cl

    FR07

    From the south of France near Sète, just down the motorway from Montpellier, Picpoul de Pinet is a refreshing, crisp, dry white wine.

     

    Very pale straw in the glass, the floral aromatics on the nose lead to a crisp dry palate with fruit nicely balanced by acidity and fresh, citrus zest. There is almost a salty tang to the finish. A perfect seafood wine – the Muscadet of the south if you like.

     

    Domaine Delsol has 5 hectares of vineyards next to the Etang de Thau producing definitive Picpoul.

     

    The front label of the bottle and the gates to the domaine depict a pair of armoured war elephants that commemorate the passage of Hannibal, through what was to become the vineyards of Domaine Delsol, in 218 BC on his way from Carthage to sack Rome.

     

    Bottled in the traditional “Neptune” bottle.

     

     

    £10.50

  • Sauvignon Blanc 2015, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 12% vol, 75cl

    Sauvignon Blanc 2015, “Villa Blanche”, IGP Pays d’Oc, Calmel & Joseph, 12% vol, 75cl

    FR03

    Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

     

    The vineyards for this Sauvignon Blanc are sited in three various parts of the Languedoc wine region – Mediterranean, Oceanic and Pyrenean terroirs. This variety of location and soils gives the wine character and a complex balance.

     

    The grapes are picked at night, in two passes. The first harvest is done at a relatively early stage in maturity, to keep freshness in the wine. Then 15 days later a second harvest is carried out, to get good concentration and varietal aromas. Fermentation is temperature-controlled at 14°C. To enhance the freshness of the wine there is no malo-lactic fermentation.

     

    Very pale in appearance the nose is fresh and racey with grassy, citrus notes. Dry and refreshing, the palate has excellent fruit and a long finish. A more restrained style of Sauvignon Blanc.

     

    £10.56