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    A lovely range of styles this week including a claret for your cellar and some serious bargains.

    A lovely range of styles this week including a claret for your cellar. 2013 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Italy (£7.49, or 2 bott...

    22 readers - By Matthew Jukes

    La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France

    Nice enough packaging but… La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France (£8.99 Old School Wines, Selfridges) Pretty colour, but the peachy flavou...

    12 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Abbotts & Delaunay Boreas Faugeres 2012

      The Wine Front - - 8 readers - Laurent Delaunay winemaker/proprietor, makes note that Faugeres vineyards produce wines that have good freshness, but a warmness and softness, which he credits to the schist s...

      Abbotts & Delaunay Zephyr Chardonnay 2013

      The Wine Front - - 8 readers - ‘My family make Meursault wines’, explains Laurent Delaunay winemaker/proprietor, ‘but the best terroir for me outside of Burgundy for chardonnay is Limoux, limestone soils, on the foo...

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      La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France

      …Nice enough packaging but… La Vie En Rose, Cinsault Rosé 2013 Pays d’Oc, France (£8.99 Old School Wines, Selfridges) Pretty colour, but the peachy flavours and touch of stewed apple could easily be those of a white wine. Maybe there is a touch of red berry in there, along with a slight sandy/herby…

      12 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2013, Pays d’Oc, France

      …Made from Grenache Gris and Grenache Blanc – hence the name… Gérard Bertrand Gris Blanc 2013, Pays d’Oc, France (£9.99 Strictly Wine, Wineman, Askewine, Cellar Door Wines, Dickens House Wine Emporium, Philip Pruden Wines, Trina’s Wines, Freshfield Fine Wines, The Cellar (Buntingford), Divine Wines, Hanslope Wines, Riverside Wines, Cross Stobs…

      7 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Abbott & Delaunay Cumulo Nimbus Minervois 2012

      …A blend of syrah (74%), carignan (14%) and grenache (12%) here. The 2011 didn’t have grenache, but Laurent Delaunay, winemaker, explains that the grenache was felt to increase perfume and enhance texture. Lots of hands-on (and feet on) work in this wine…

      6 readers - By The Wine Front

      Abbott & Delaunay Alto Stratus Carignan 2012

      …This is 100% carignan, for Laurent Delaunay, ‘carignan is the most authentic grape of the region Languedoc, and here from Minervois has its own personality’. Hand-harvested, 100% whole bunch. It ends up vin de France as Minervois requires a blend for AOC status. The wine spends 10 months in vessels, of which 60% are barrels. ‘The carignan [...]…

      6 readers - By The Wine Front

      Abbotts & Delaunay Boreas Faugeres 2012

      …Laurent Delaunay winemaker/proprietor, makes note that Faugeres vineyards produce wines that have good freshness, but a warmness and softness, which he credits to the schist soils. The blend here is syrah (48%), grenache (28%), carignan (14%) and mourvedre (10%). The carignan and syrah are whole bunch fermented. The wine sees around 60…

      8 readers - By The Wine Front

      Abbotts & Delaunay Zephyr Chardonnay 2013

      …‘My family make Meursault wines’, explains Laurent Delaunay winemaker/proprietor, ‘but the best terroir for me outside of Burgundy for chardonnay is Limoux, limestone soils, on the foothills of the Pyrenees’. In Limoux, the AOC requires all chardonnay to be fermented in barrels, and kept in them for six months. Hand-harvested, pressed, settled, put…

      8 readers - By The Wine Front

      Abbotts & Delaunay Languedoc Reserve Blanc 2013

      …‘Has the classic Languedoc vermentino variety in it’, says well-known, amusing, Sydney retailer sitting next to me, offering help. Winemaker and proprietor Laurent Delaunay explains the serendipitous and partly sad way the winery and vineyards ended up in his hands; a joining of talent, a divorce, a reinvention. ‘Our philosophy is to try and make wines [...]…

      4 readers - By The Wine Front

      Approachable Value Wines from Arrogant Frog

      … Last week I discovered four solid value wines from Domaines Paul Mas through an #ArrogantFrog twitter tasting. Fourth-generation vintner Jean-Claude Mas launched the Arrogant Frog brand in 2005 and all wines are priced at $10. The wines come from the Languedoc region in southern France and are labelled Vin de Pays d'Oc - meaning "country wine…

      3 readers - By WineCompass

      Abbaye Sylva Plana Faugères Le Rosé 2012, Languedoc, France

      …A follow up to the two reds from this winery I tried earlier this year HERE Abbaye Sylva Plana Faugères Le Rosé 2012, Languedoc, France (N/A in the UK) Crisp, juicy, fresh style, lots of fresh strawberry flavour, with light spice and floral notes behind, full in flavour but light in body, plenty of personality plus […]…

      5 readers - By Drinking Outside The Box

      Classy Chardonnay from the South of France

      … and to celebrate French culture and national pride.  The vineyards of the Languedoc-Roussillon, in southern France, benefit from a range of climates and soil types, enjoying mountain, coast and river terrains beneath a mix of hot Mediterranean sunshine and violent winds, rain and thunder from the Cevenol storms.  It is this harsh natural environment…

      By The Alcohol Professor

      Sud de France – excitement & variety

      …Recently I was invited to attend the Vinisud wine fair in Montpellier and had a great time sniffing out all sorts of wines from the south of France. The fair actually covers the whole of southern Europe, but I limited … Continue reading…

      1 readers - By Quentin Sadler's Wine Page

      A Languedoc Top Ten List

      …Okay, so it’s really two Top Five lists about Languedoc put together. Quit being so anal, it adds up! It is truly a shame that Languedoc is not more well-known, so first up… Top 5 reasons you may not know … Continue reading →…

      2 readers - By Another Wine Blog