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.”
“Les Rocailles” rosé is a light and elegant pink very much in the Provençal style. Made mainly from Grenache, the wine has a lovely pale pink colour and a clean, fresh nose with lifted fruit aromas. On the palate it is dry with soft fruit and elegant, balancing acidity.
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.
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.
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.
With its attractive pale straw colour, Villa Blanche Chardonnay has a very expressive nose of white peach and dried fruits. Full and round in the mouth, it is well-balanced with floral notes combining with apricot flavours. The finish is spicy, with the lightest touch of wood.
The grapes are picked at night, in two stages. 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 done, to get good concentration and varietal aromas. Fermentation is temperature-controlled at 15°C (no malolactic fermentation). A third of the wine is aged for three months in old oak.