(2023) An organic Grenache wine, handsomely packaged with vinolock glass stopper, from a property in the Minervois region of the Languedoc. Pale salmon pink, the nose has strawberry bob-bons, dusted with icing sugar, and a pert feeling of freshness. In the mouth rounded with creamy fruits, and a hint of sweetness that I might guess as a mere touch of residual sugar. Acidity is good, giving this balance and meaning the finish is dry and citrus fresh. Stylish.
(2022) Made in the Languedoc from Sauvignon Gris, and certified organic. I've included this very pale pink even though I can see no stockists of this 2021, and the retailer quoted is for a previous vintage. That's because it was one of my favourite - and most distinctive - wines this year. It has the grassy and vibrant punch of its Sauvignon heritage, then a fine, creamy-textured palate that balances peach and lime to delicious effect, finishing with a burst of juicy citrus acid.
Tutti-frutti and pear-drop bright aromas for this Languedoc blend of Grenache and Cinsault. On the palate it is refreshing and citrus-zesty, light bodied and watermelon fresh. Simples, arguably a touch dilute? Enjoyable summer sipping.
(2022) From the Languedoc, still following the Provence template, if a little deeper in colour, this has raspberry and peach aromas, a little bit of gravelly character too. In the mouth that peach fruit is edged by alcohol and acidity to give this the merest hint of phenolic grip, but it softens in the finish to be quaffable and food friendly.
(2021) From a domaine that can trace its roots back to 1701, this family-run Languedoc estate near Montpellier blends this wine from Grenache, Rolle and Syrah grown on volcanic soils. Sealed with the 'Vinolok' glass stopper it is a beautifully packaged wine, pale peach in colour with lovely salt and mineral flecks to the red berry and citrus fruit. Bone dry, there's real grip here, pithy citrus and the tang of citrus skins, underpinned by redcurrant and finishing with good definition. Quite a grown-up, serious style at a relatively modest price. Watch the video for more information on this wine.