Mont Tauch in the village of Tuchan is one of the most serious and successful coops of the south of France. It has almost single-handedly created the reputation of Fitou on the UK market, and produces a convincing range of Corbières, as well as vins de pays, Maury and Rivesaltes. Nothing stands still – its new crusade is sustainability and environmentally friendly work in vineyard and cellar, so that all its bottles now sport the logo V-DD – for Vignerons en Développement Durable.
I was offered a sample of their newest release 2010 Les Garrigues, Grande Réserve, Grenache Noir, Vin de Pays de la Vallée du Paradis.
The name ‘valley of paradise’ always strikes me as pretty irresistible. And it turned out to be a delicious example of Grenache Noir, with a deep colour and opulently ripe spicy fruit, with hints of garrigues on the nose. And the palate it was satisfyingly mouth filling. The label says élevé en fût de chêne, which usually sounds a warning note for me, but the oak was not at all obvious on the palate, just nicely integrated, so that it added body and complexity. A lovely example of Grenache Noir from old vines, some over 100 years old. And sunshine in a glass, which is what we all need at this time of the year.
And it is on special offer at Sainsbury from 9th February for six weeks, for £6.74 – in other words 25% off the recommended retail price of £8.99.
And more on Mont Tauch in the following post.