Deep in the Roussillon countryside, close to the Spanish border, Marjorie Gallet makes some truly wonderful wines. The Vineyards have very poor crumbly schist soils which encourage the very old vines to form deep root systems. All the work here is done organically and by hand and the result of this care and attention to detail is plain to see here. Segna de Cor (blood of the Earth) is a blend of Grenache, Carignan & Syrah which really expresses the land it comes from; you can imagine being in the wild, rocky vineyards, breathing in the aromas of wild herbs and then imagine a spit roast lamb with rosemary and thyme. Meaty, rich and delicious. Proper wine!
Jean-Bernard Larrieu makes some of the best wines in Jurancon at Clos Lapeyre. This isolated area lies inland in the foothills of the Pyranees and is home to some of the best sweet wines France has to offer (without paying Sauternes prices). Petit Manseng is the main grape for producing these delicious, honeyed wines and it's bright acidity is what makes it so successful; no matter how rich and unctuous the wine, it still feels fresh and mouth-watering on the finish. In case you were wondering, La Magendia means 'the best' in the local Occitane dialect; very fitting, as this is truly stunning.
Perfect with fruit desserts (rhubarb or apple crumble...?) and is a star with blue and rind-washed cheeses.
Luc Poullain bought Domaine des Echardières and its 16 hectares of vines as a going concern in 2000. He was 30 years old at the time. An interesting career path, he studied as an agricultural engineer in Bedfordshire in the early 1990s!
There are seven hectares of Sauvignon Blanc here planted on two different soil types: silex and caillotes – the same one would expect to find in Sancerre and Pouilly. This wine rivals the best of both of those villages.
Luc uses the Touraine-Chenonceaux appellation that came into effect from the 2011 vintage. Named after the famous Renaissance château situated just down the road, the appellation exists for both red and white wine, selected from the best vineyards located on both sides of the Cher.If you love Loire Sauvignon, you have to try this! It has real richness to it that makes it stand apart from others but still finishes crisp and fresh. Delicious with simple grilled fish - dover sole with lots of butter would be ideal.
Carignan/Grenache/SyrahThierry Navarre has a dozen hectares of vines planted on dark brown schist terraces around Roquebrun. The achingly beautiful countryside is an amphitheatre of small mountains clad in a sea of green, a forest of small trees and bushes and the familiar clumps of fragrant rosemary and thyme which captures the scented spirit of the high Languedoc. The culture in the vines revolves around the respect for the soil, the cycles, the seasons. No chemical products are used, simply composting, natural preparation, plant infusions and working the soil. The harvest is manual and carried out by a small team.
This wine is full of red fruits, liquorice tones and plenty of herbs and spice, yet is unforced, supple and fresh.A proper southern French wine to accompany roast lamb or great with some good sausages or a hearty stew.
40% Pinot Noir , 35% Chardonnay, 20% Gamay, 5% AligotéJean-Charles Boisset was born into a winemaking family in Burgundy and now makes wine all over the World.
Pale and vibrant in colour, this Crémant boasts aromas of citrus fruits, almonds and white flowers on the nose. The palate has refreshing and lifted acidity, coupled with a lovely, rich texture from the lees ageing.
A great value alternative to Champagne, showing