French Country Wines
French country wines (vin de pays) covers a vast style range. The sheer diversity of grapes available from wines grown outside the more illustrious wine growing regions in France is sometimes mind-boggling.
Hugging the mediterranean coast in the south of France, the Languedoc produces a vast array of styles. From the Rhone’esque rich red and white wines based on Syrah, Carignan, Grenache and Mouvedre as well as Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier to the more Bordelais structure in the west of the region. The region has also seen an influx of winemaking talent, both from the rest of France, but more notably from ‘flying winemakers’ looking for a second vintage. Perhaps ironically the influx of ‘new world’ winemaking talent has also meant an influx of new techniques and alot of the traditional ‘fusty’ style of wines that used to come from this part of the country are now a thing of the past.
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2015 Saint Ser Prestige Rouge, AC Cote de Provence
The area of the Sainte-Victoire is bathed in a fascinating light which makes it a preferred site for wine growing and is also the highest vineyard of Sainte-Victoire mountain’s slope, Domaine de Saint-Ser which has particularly distinctive soils and enjoys a southern exposure.
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2016 Madiran ‘Constance’, Domaine Berthoumieu
This cuvée is a modern interpretation of Madiran designed for immediate pleasure and a far cry from the old fashioned examples which seemed to take years before they became approachable.
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2018 Chateau Cibonne Rose Cuvée Hommage a Marius, Magnum
Cos Cibonne produce some of the most beguiling Rosés in the Languedoc using the ancient Tibouren grape variety, aledgedy Julius Caesar's favourite grape. This special wine is made to honour the founder of Clos Cibonne, Marius Roux, and is a serious step up from their already seriously good Tradition Rosé.
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2018 Cuvee Constance, Thunevin-Calvet, AC Cotes de Rousillon
The collaboration between the ‘bad boy’ of Bordeaux Jean-Luc Thunevin and Roussillon ‘local boy’ Jean-Roger Calvet has produced a range of wines that are not only spectacular but are exceptional value for money. There’s no hiding the class of this little gem from Maury, a commune that sits at the foot of the Pyrenees. It’s a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Carignan from vines of up to 45 years old and shows plenty of rounded fruit, a balanced spicy backbone with underlying minerality and impeccable finish.
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2018 Petit Manseng Sec Domaine D’Audaux
This wine comes from the Jurancon in south west France, with this region specialising in dry, medium sweet and sweet wines from the Petit and Gros Manseng grape varieties. These varieties are quite unique, they tend to be fruit driven, with a zesty spine, and honeyed notes as well as being interesting wines and very food friendly, they can, if stored correctly last for many years.
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2019 Bordeaux Blanc Sec, Chateau Saransot-Dupre
Chateau Saransot-Dupre is a favourably sited 17 hectares property that lies between Fourcas Dupré and Fourcas Hosten in Listrac. Due to Listrac’s cooler temperatures, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are favoured over Cabernet Sauvignon to form the majority of the blend, helping them achieve optimum ripeness. Much like Chateau Fourcas Hosten, the wines have improved year on year since 2010 and the property were put on the radar thanks to a certain Robert Parker hailing the 2010 vintage as 'classed growth quality'. High praise indeed!
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2019 Cahors, Chateau du Cedre
The Verhaeghe family have been making wine in the Lot since the 1950s. Today it is Pascal and Jean-Marc in charge of this domaine, which is certified organic. Ripe and juicy fruits, spices and herbs accompanied by precise tannins, refreshing acidity and a little sweetness.
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2019 Jurancon Moelleux, Domaine Corty, AOP Jurancon
The Domaine Corty Jurancon Moelleux is a beautiful, enticing medium golden colour. The expressive nose shows typical aromas of quince, yellow peach and apricots which are intense but by no means over the top. The fruit characters continue to the rounded palate and are joined by hints of candied ginger spice, kept fresh by perfectly poised acidity on the long, perfumed finish. Enjoy this delicious wine with Foie Gras or soft cheeses.
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2019 Les Blondins, Domaine Serol, Cote Roannaise
The Les Blondins is a collaboration between Domaine Serol and Michel Troisgros, owner of one of France's most famous Three Michelin Starred restaurants. Made from a single parcel of old vine Gamay Saint Romain which is part whole bunch fermented and 60% oak aged for 11 months
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2019 Odyssée, Chateau Nadal Hainault, AOP Cotes de Rousillon
The Odyssee from Chateau Nadal Hainault is a blend of 65% Grenache Noir and 35% Syrah that is packed with red fruits that verge on the exotic. Supple on the palate with mineral undertones and a beautiful freshness.
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2019 Saint Ser Prestige Blanc, Cotes De Provence
This wine is made from 100% Rolle (or Vermentino) grapes that are picked when slightly over-ripe. Fermentation is in a terracotta amphora, allowing the Vermentino grapes to develop typical white flower notes with exotic fruit flavours that are elegant and intense.
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2019 Tannat Sans Soufre, Lionel Osmin et Cie, Vin de France
Lionel Osmin has created a cracking no added sulphur Tannat from vineyards in and around Madiran. Licourice and nutmeg spice mingle with the dense and concentrated bramble and plum fruit. Quite plush on the palate and although polished there is still a rustic edge keeping the wine true to the grape variety. The thickness of the skins on the Tannat grape make it a robust style that is well suited to no added sulphur wines.
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2019/20 Jurancon Clos Uroulat, Charles Hours, Half Bottle
The Jurançon Clos Uroulat is a stunning dessert wine made from 100% Petit Manseng, late harvested in early November. Wonderfully fresh, this botrytis free wine has plenty of honeyed, orange tinged floral fruit with precise and perfectly poised acidity.
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2020 Cahors ‘Coeur de Malbec’, Lionel Osmin, AOP Cahors
This Cahors from Lionel Osmin is very typical of Malbec from Cahors - rich, full-bodied and concentrated with a wealth of blackcurrant and dark fruits, notes of clove tinged spice and mediterranean herbs. This is a great match to a variety of dishes, especially confit duck, coq au vin and hard cheeses.
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2020 Gamay, Domaine du Haut Bourg, Val de Loire
This Loire valley Gamay from Domaine du Haut Bourg is a juicy, vibrant and fresh red with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit on the nose. Fresh and easy drinking, being fruity and smooth on the palate.
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2020 Jurancon Sec ‘Le Veritable’, Cave de Gan
From the foothills of the Pyrenees comes this crisp and beautifully dry Gros Manseng. Grapefruits and baked lemon flavours flesh out the mouthwatering acidity making for a perfect all occasion tipple. Enjoy this cracking white as an aperitif with excellent seafood, asian or spicy foods.
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2020 Reserve de Gassac Blanc, Pays d’Herault
Hailed as the 'Lafite of the Languedoc' Mas de Daumas Gassac is responsible for some of the most respected wines to have come out of the region. This is a terrific value blend of Viognier and Marsanne that shows notes of lime blossom and honeysuckle, is smooth in the mouth with nice, waxy pear fruit, hints of verbena and garrigue herbs on the finish.
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2021 ‘Take Off’ Syrah, Nouvelle Vague, VDF, Hecht & Bannier
The Take Off Syrah is a no added sulphite red wine made from a single plot of Syrah vines grown in the higher vineyards of St.Chinian. Soft and approachable and (thankfully) without that funky weirdness that many natural wines posess, the Take Off Syrah is fermented in concrete tank and bottled whilst fresh with minimal fuss. Super clean with crunchy red fruits and terrific purity and freshness on the finish.
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2021 Chardonnay Demi Muid, Domaine la Colombette, Pays l’Herault
The Chardonnay Demi Muid, Domaine la Colombette is a lovely deep golden colour leads to an inviting nose of butter, toastiness and bright citrus and apple fruits. The palate is impeccably balanced with beautifully intergrated oak from fermentation in 600 litre Demi-Muid barrels. Complex, inviting and a true joy to drink.
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2021 Chardonnay, Olivier Coste, Languedoc
The Chardonnay by Olivier Coste from Languedoc is unoaked, yet with a lovely creamy texture,generous fruit and well balanced acidity on the finish. This is one of those wines which makes you wonder why anyone dislikes Chardonnay!
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2021 Chateau St.Pierre Tradition Rose, AC Provence, Half Bottle
The Chateau St.Pierre Tradition Rose is a beautiful salmon pink colour, with clean crisp acidity and generous red and even exotic fruit notes. Perfect summer drinking.
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2021 Cuvee M Reserve Malbec, Pays d’Oc
The Cuvee M Reserve is a hugely enjoyable single varietal Malbec from the warm, sunny climes of Southern France. Rich and fruit led, yet easy to drink, this is a great match for roasted red meats and summer quaffing favourite.
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2021 Duc De Belmonde Cabernet/Syrah, Pays D’oc
The Duc de Belmond Cabernet/Syrah has a lovely deep colour in the glass. The nose shows spice, blackberry and cassis with a whiff of oak, and leads to a palate that is round, smooth and spicy.
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2021 Melting Potes, Domaine Serol, Vin de France
The Melting Potes from Domaine Serol is a delicious blend of Gamay Noir (50%), Syrah (43%) and Grenache (7%), made with a combination of estate fruit and also some from friends of the guys at Domaine Serol. 2021 was a disastrous vintage in France so vignerons had to make the best of a bad situation by finding suitable grapes to make wine from. Certified organic, with 20 - 40% whole bunch fermentation, this is a deliciously refreshing red with a lightness of touch. Easy to drink and hugely enjoyable, Domaine Serol have managed to produce a small amount of wine which displays their winemaking skills even in a tricky year.
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