(2022) This Languedoc blend is only the second vintage of the cuvée, which is 40% Syrah, 40% Mourvèdre and 20% Grenache, partly barrel-matured. There's a depth and suggestion of sumptuous richness on the nose. Glossy, but also meaty and deep, there's some cedar over dark berry fruit, a wisp of violet lift too. In the mouth it is a beautifully-pitched wine, flooded with ripe and succulent berries, but a firm, slightly gravelly and spicy background adds savoury grip. There's real juiciness here, a little salty note to the acidity and fine but firm tannins give a long finish. Imported by Daniel Lambert Wines. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the 2019 vintage.
(2022) In the Languedoc, the Coteaux Cabrerisse is one of many small and less familiar IGP regions. This blends the cross-breed variety Marselan, a speciality of the Languedoc, with Merlot and Syrah. A fairly generic southern French blend nose, which means a bit of plum, a bit black berries and a touch of rustic earthiness and spice. Mouth-filling and substantial on the palate, there's a plush sweetness and some weight, though tannins are a little chewy. Quite a big mouthful, in need of some red meat protein perhaps.
(2022) From the tiny Languedoc IGP of Côtes de Céressou. The nose is rich with ripe cherry and red plum fruitiness. There's an undertow of chocolate or cocoa powder. In the mouth a similar profile of quite sumptuous, easy-going wine, focused on fruit with a soft structure, tannins mellow, acid a little more spikey, just a little spice in the finish.
(2022) From the tiny IGP of Mont Baudile where this producer is responsible for 90% of production, a blend of typical grapes including Syrah and Grenache. Quite inky and dark in aromatic character, a solid old polished wood sheen over black, juicy plum, maybe just a touch of violet. In the mouth so plush and creamy, a smooth layering of savoury but sweet black fruit over a ripe core of tannin that has a chocolate smoothness and density. A really classy wine this, acidity is balanced and the finish is all about dark fruit and succulence. A steal at the £10.49 'mixed dozen' price, as it is good value at full price.
(2022) Mostly Syrah with Grenache and Carignan from he IGP Val de Montferrand, and relatively high altitude vineyards. There's a fresh, tobacco smoke and slatey/herbal character on the nose. That gives a very crisp character, matching with a sleek black fruit on the palate. Dry with a little chewy bite to the palate through tight tannins and acids. Nicely done.
(2022) From the IGP Pays de Cucugnan in the Corbières area, and a property run by Alexander Sichel, this is Grenache, Syrah and Carignan from vineyards at 350 metres in the Vallée de Cucugnan. It's a dark, brooding, but ultimately very plush and fruity red, creamy tannins and moderate acidity giving backbone. Peppery spice flits around aroma and flavour in a robust but very approachable red.
(2022) From their vineyards in Pézenas, Olivier Coste produces a range of wines with very contemporary names and labels, but really quite classic composition. This is 100% Carignan, grown on limestone and clay with temperature controlled fermentation and ageing only in concrete vats. I thought this wine suited being lightly chilled, which enhanced its fruitiness, accentuating the raspberry and blackberry quality on the nose, which also shows some spices and smokiness, and gives a refreshing clarity on the palate. The tannins are fairly robust which, along with acidity and plenty of oomph from the 14% alcohol and concentrated character, makes for a big mouthful of wine that certainly needs food to show at its best.
(2022) 100% Grenache, this Languedoc pink is Provençal in style, pale and with a delicate peach and blossom aroma. There's a welcome hint of salty minerality too. In the mouth well-balanced and quite substantial: the fruit has a tart edge which is quite gastronomic against some juicier nectarine and the acidity is fine, again hinting at that touch of saline character. £8.99 on a mixed-six deal.
(2022) From vineyards across the Languedoc, this is mostly Grenache and Syrah, with a little Carignan, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Pale salmon pink, it's bubblegum fresh with raspberry and cherry, a hint of sweetness on the palate, but the acid does balance into the finish. On offer at £7 until 17th July 2022, and also available in 187.5cl bottles, priced £2.25.
(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.