2020 Pays de l'Aude Rouge, Le Havre de Paix, Languedoc, France
2018 Merlot, La Girouette, Languedoc, France
Well we certainly can't be accused of not listening to our customers. 'I'd like a soft, juicy Merlot?' is a common question we get asked, so we went on the hunt for one and found this little gem. It's from the Languedoc in France where the sun-baked vineyards produce wonderfully ripe grapes brimming with flavour. This great example is soft textured, with jammy blackberry and juicy plum flavours and well-integrated, creamy tannins. It's smooth, supple and balanced. The 'La Girouette' label range are classic French varietals from the sunny Pays d'Oc region. Produced by multi-award winning cooperative Foncalieu; pioneers of agronomic research and terroir expression
2018 Pinot Noir Reserve, La Girouette, Languedoc, France
2019 Malbec, La Forge Estate, Languedoc, France
Deep purple red with ruby tints. Powerful and complex with a quintessence of floral, plums, mocha and blackcurrant aromas with toasted notes. Well-balanced, smooth and round. Long and rich finish with liquorice notes.
2019 Merlot, Louis Eschenauer, Languedoc, France
There's a lot going for this very reasonably priced southern French Merlot. It's a very good example of the variety, with a good meaty texture and plenty of ripe fruit on the nose and palate. There's some lovely cherry and blackcurrant flavours and on the finish the wine has a lovely silky texture.
2015 Minervois 'La Liviniere', Domaine de Tholomies, Languedoc, France
This wonderfully rich and intense red is right up there with the very best of the Languedoc. La Liviniere is one of the few vineyards in the Languedoc with 'Cru' status, and it's clear to see why with this wine. It has some vivid cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate with some immense coffee and dark chocolate notes alongside. There is some definite ageing potential, but it offers some serious drinking pleasure right now.
2020 Grenache/Syrah, Domaine Saint-Paul, Languedoc, France
Domaine Saint-Paul is a fabulous organic estate, located close to Béziers in the commune of Colombiers in the heart of the Languedoc. Their focus is on traditional southern French grape varieties, with a huge amount of emphasis on work carried out in the vineyard to ensure the quality of grapes harvested is absolutely first class.
This hard work has resulted in a trio of exceptional wines. We'd go as far as to say that this estate is one of our most exciting finds in recent years.
The Grenache Syrah is rich, luscious and smooth textured. The deep colour and wonderful aroma of dark fruits with a hint of liquorice suggest a richly flavoured palate to follow and it doesn't disappoint. Layers of dark fruit and spice are brought together in a beautifully textured package. There is so much wine for the money here.
Certified organic and vegan friendly.
2020 Petit Verdot, Domaine Mas Belles Eaux, Languedoc, France
The lesser known Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot, thrives in the slightly warmer Languedoc. It's not widely planted, and is often blended with other varieties, but Domaine Mas Belles Eaux have rightly chosen to show it off in all its magnificence.
This is a big wine with huge personality. The aroma is an alluring combination of dark fruit, violet and a hint of clove. On the palate it has a strudy backbone and rich texture. Dark fruits again dominate with a hint of cocoa in the background.