Le Wine Shop November Mixed Six
We’ve chosen an eclectic mix this month with some new wines which we are really excited about which we hope will brighten up a traditionally morose month!
Domaine de Cadablès, Blanc 2019
Intriguing blend of Carignan Blanc and Terret Blanc, two white grapes that have long been grown in this part of the Languedoc. Surprisingly crisp and fresh for such rich, southern grape varieties, with citrus notes combining with more typical honey and white flower. Lots of complexity and some ageing potential here. As with many Languedoc whites, at its best with poultry and other white meats.
Domaine des Vagabondes, L’Ame 2018
Young vignerons Clémentine and Rémi Isarn have taken on various parcels of vines in an area which straddles the communes of Gabian and Montesquieu (close to Mas Rolland goat farm for those who know the area). The result is two excellent wines with very different profiles. This Syrah, Grenache and Carignan blend is all about the fruit, but as is aften the case in this area (Gabian, Caux, Roujan, West Pezenas), the Carignan really makes its presence felt. The tannins and astringency are really well managed and there's lots of brambly fruit. For lovers of local reds this wine could only come from this area in my opinion. Really interesting acidity which helps to bring out the fruit.
Domaine de Monthélys, AOP Languedoc 2019
This is a real find! A really well-balanced blend of Grenache Blanc and Marsanne. Lovely attack with lots of stone fruit aromas and flavours becoming richer and more exotic in the mouth. Despite all the rich fruit the wine has a lovely acidity which gives it a surprising freshness and lightness and adds a citrus final. This is one that you really must try. Unoaked. Great on its own or with any fish or lighter white meat dishes.
Domaine de Cébène, Ex Arena 2019
Produced from vines that Cébène posesses outside the Faugères appellation, close to Corneilhan just north of Béziers. Exceptional terroir with 30m of marine sediment providing the perfect opportunity for the Grenache (which makes up over 80%) to really express itself. Very low yields lead to exceptional concentration with lots of black plum and smoky notes. Still has a remarkable amount of finesse and plenty of structure and ageing potential, helped no doubt by the Mourvèdre which makes up the rest of the blend. Jancis Robinson's tasters called it "Very Very Good Value", and we agree.
Domaine des Abournières, 2018
Here’s a reliable old friend amongst a selection of new products. Ex rugby international Philippe Gallart produces this amazing wine at his domaine in Roujan, 10kms to the north of Pézenas. The Syrah vines are planted on poor soils on south facing slopes. This means low yields and full maturity for the grapes, which helps to give this wine its incredible richness and velvety mouth feel.
Plenty of black fruit on the nose and a rich, vanilla and fruit attack. Remarkably gluggable on its own, this wine also goes very well with any barbecue meats.
Known by many of our clients simply as “Saxophone”!
Domaine Monplézy, Canon Huppé 2019
A fruity red from organic Domaine Monplézy. 100% Cinsault which is more often than not used for making rosé wine. It’s a grape variety with large berries which gives lots of light juice. This wine is all about fresh red fruit and light vegetal notes. Can be drunk lightly chilled. Good on its own or with light meat or vegetarian dishes. If you’ve never tried a 100% Cinsault red we think that you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. Organic too!