We are back at our house in the Languedoc for New Year, with two good bottles, from two of our favourite appellations, to welcome us.
2008 Picpoul de Pinet, Cuvée Prestige de l’Ormarine from the cooperative at Pinet
This coop works really well for its appellation, with a great range of Picpoul. Picpoul is not necessarily the world’s most exciting grape variety, but when vinified properly, it has some lovely salty notes, with a light herbal lift and good acidity. It’s just the thing for a New Year oyster. We actually had it as an apéro, and it went down very nicely.
Then we moved on to un coup de rouge, - 2007 Faugères, les Collines from Domaine Ollier-Taillefer. This is their entry level Faugères, but it is none the worse for that. This encapsulates the charm of Midi, with some lovely spicy fruit. We finished the bottle at lunch today – sitting outside on our sheltered terrace in almost warm sunshine – on 30th December. All seemed very right with the world.