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  • 14. IGP Coteaux de Peyriac 2015

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    Domaine Massamier la Mignarde

    30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carignan, 20% Cinsault, 10% Grenache, 10% Syrah (13.5% alc.)

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    This wine is traditionally vinified (most cheap reds are made by macération carbonique) by a very good Minervois La Livinière producer working organically and ploughing his vineyards by horse. An unforced wine with good fruit and character.

  • 15. Viognier Vin de Pays d’Oc 2016

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    Domaine Rougié

    100% Viognier (13.5% alc.)

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    Very low yields (30hh) provide the base for this half cuve and half oak-aged viognier with a characteristic apricoty, peachy stamp, and a good cut of freshness.

  • 16. Minervois AC 2014

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    Château de Rieux

    90% Syrah, 10% Grenache (14% alc.)

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    This syrah dominant Minervois has lush, attractive blackberry fruit, liquorice, a touch of oak and silky tannins. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 17. Vin de France 2014, Bu N’Daw

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    Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    100% Petite Arvine (13.5% alc.)

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    An individual, unique wine from a top swiss variety, vinified very slowly in recent 600 litre barrels over 18 months.  An attractive pale gold colour, there is a floral hint on the nose, a well-balanced attack, with ripe citrus fruit and a notable saline kick on the finish.  For drinking now to 2019.

  • 18. IGP Pays d’Oc 2015 Jeu du Mail

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    Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    55% Viognier, 45% Marsanne (14% alc.)

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    Hildegard Horat-Diop’s rebellious streak, innate talent and patience have made her a star in Languedoc. She has just eight hectares high in the hills above Assignan and produces wines that always feel very composed and at ease with themselves. Aged for a year in a Stockinger foudre and recent barrels, then given six months in cuve, this has ripe but fresh apricot and orange fruits, with attractive bitters on the finish typical of marsanne.  For drinking now to 2021.

  • 19. Vin de France 2006 Bu N'Daw

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    Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    100% Petite Arvine (9% alc, 320 g/l of rs)

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    This is a very special, unique sweet wine made from grapes allowed to shrivel on the vine until early December. It is the only sweet wine that Hildegard has ever produced, and was given an eight year elevage in just one demi-muid.  Hildegard advises drinking it with a strong blue cheese like Roquefort or just enjoying it by itself at the end of a meal. For her it conveys memories of a Moroccan souk, with dried fruits, stewed pineapples, saffron, and notable spices. For drinking now to 2020+.

  • 20. IGP Pays d'Oc 2015 Garsinde

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    Domaine la Grange de Quatre Sous

    60% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Franc (13.5% alc.)

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    Hildegard’s red, produced from the cooler terroirs of Assignan in the St Chinian appellation, has a succulent, spicy, dark cherry fruit with a hint of garrigue herbs.  It’s fresh and easy to drink and is very moreish.  For drinking now to 2019.

  • 21. Carignan Vin de France 2015

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    Domaine des Terres Falmet

    100% Carignan (13% alc.)

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    Yves Falmet’s wines have attractive, unforced fruit with excellent texture and mouthfeel. This low yield, hand-harvested carignan comes from the same north-facing vineyard as his Saint Chinian and has been cuve aged to retain all its spicy, black, liquoricey fruit. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 22. Mourvèdre Vin de France 2014

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    Domaine des Terres Falmet

    100% Mourvèdre (13.5% alc.)

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    Yves planted three parcels of mourvèdre on the same limestone-clay hillside as his two other wines. Made from low yields, hand-harvested and cuve aged, this has classic mourvèdre qualities with spicy black fruits with a hint of game, a good structure and savoury tannins. Excellent value for money. For drinking now to 2018.    

  • 23. St Chinian AC 2014, L’Ivresse des Cimes

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    Domaine des Terres Falmet

    40% Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache (13.5% alc.)

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    From a steep hillside vineyard in the Montagne Noire, this comes from 40 year old vines, and is minerally, spicy and tobaccoey. In our view Saint-Chinian is one of the finest appellations of Languedoc, and this is a really good example. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 24. Côteaux du Languedoc AC 2014, Fine Amor

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    Domaine Lacroix Vanel

    60% Grenache, 40% total of Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Syrah (14% alc.)

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    Low yielding old vines planted in gravel and basalt soils and tended organically. This wine offers very clearly defined fruit, with dried figs and black cherries to the fore. It has been very sensitively extracted, there is a distinct terroir imprint, smoky and hot stone, and there are fine tannins on the finish which is long and sustained. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 25. Côteaux du Languedoc AC 2015, Arès Blanc

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    Domaine Le Conte des Floris

    65% Marsanne, 35% Carignan Blanc (13.5% alc.)

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    A complex and very original wine, this has a deservedly excellent reputation.  It is rich, dense, and yet very balanced, offering apricot and peach fruit, nuts, honey, gingerbread and liquorice, with a gently spicy, very long finish. Will appeal to lovers of fine northern Rhône whites. For drinking now to 2020.

  • 26. Faugères AC 2013, Les Bancels

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    Domaine de Cébène

    60% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache (14% alc.)

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    Brigitte’s Faugères vines grow near Bédarieux on a terraced, north facing hillside for the syrah and grenache, and a due south facing plot for the mourvèdre.  Faugères is renowned for its thin soils developed on underlying schist, here evident in brittle, thin layers, with lots of iron, which may help to imbue the fruit with a signature stony mineral flavour.  Black cherry and blueberry fruit is abundant and dense, with spicy and wild garrigue herb notes, and this wine opens out really well with a good carafeing.  For drinking now to 2019.

  • 27. Faugères AC 2014, Belle Lurette

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    Domaine de Cébène

    70% Carignan, 20% Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre (13% alc.)

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    This wine is based around a five hectare parcel of 70 -100 year old vines yielding just one or two bunches per vine(two vines make one bottle of wine) that Brigitte purchased four years ago when the former owner was thinking of digging them up! The vines again face due north and are planted in an iron imbued schist. Made from 50% whole bunches and cuve aged, this has exceptional balance and is plummy, spicy and tastes very close to the grapes.  For drinking now to 2020.

  • 28. IGP d'Oc 2013 Ex Arena

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    Domaine de Cébène

    90% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre (14% alc.)

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    This wine takes its name as the vines are planted in a deep bed of sandy soil ‘ex arena’, developed on marine and alluvial deposits in Corneilhan, 20k from the Mediterranean. Yields are very low, between 10 to 20hh. Vinified and aged in cuve, this wine has a lovely dark plum but translucent colour. A 100% whole bunch fermentation provides an excellent structure, and the wine has spicy, black cherry fruit with a most attractive freshness. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 29. Blanquette de Limoux AC 2015 Monsieur S

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    Etienne Fort

    100% Mauzac (12% alc.)

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    In just his late twenties Etienne Fort makes brilliant sparkling wines by the methode traditionelle (the same as for champagne), from the best parcels of 11 hectares of organically worked vines in the high altitude (450m) limestone based foothills of the Pyrénées. Aged for six months in cuve, then a year in bottle, and disgorged with no dosage, this exceptional value fizz has a fine bubble, and refreshing zesty fruit.

  • 30. Crémant de Limoux AC 2015 Monsieur S

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    Etienne Fort

    100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Etienne’s chardonnay based Crémant is a slightly more complex sparkling wine. Once again the organically tended vines are at high altitude (450m), which helps to preserve freshness and cut (and by coincidence he also sold some of his grapes to top Chablis producer Thomas Pico in 2016 to help make a fine still chardonnay). Low yields and natural yeasts for the first fermentation, the wine is then aged in old demi-muids for six months before being bottled off for the secondary fermentation and 12 months ageing on the lees. Disgorged with zero dosage, this has attactive citrus fruits, a nice saline freshness and gentle bitters on the finish.