The Wine Society has just held a tasting to show off some of the new wines on their Christmas List. And the Languedoc was nicely represented.
2011 Chateau Rouquette-sur-Mer, la Clape Rouge, l’Esprit Terroir - £10.50
Mostly Mourvèdre and Syrah with some Carignan and Grenache. Refreshingly unoaked, with a bouquet of ripe red fruit and spice, and on the palate, more brambly black fruit, with supple and balancing tannins. A lovely mouthful of sunshine for a winter’s evening.
2011 La Reserve d’O, Saint Saturnin, Bilbo. - £10.95
A Grenache Syrah blend from vines grown above the village of Arboras at 400 metres. Quite an evolved colour for a young wine. The Grenache provides ripe spice and liqueur cherries, while the Syrah gives some backbone, with a fresh finish. Marie Chauffray’s wine-making entails minimal intervention. I’ve definitely ear-marked her for a visit.
2011 Montpeyroux, Initiale de Divem. - £14.95
This is a heady mouthful. Deep colour. The nose is quite firm and the palate ripe and concentrated with black fruit galore and a sweet finish. It tasted surprisingly portlike, and then I looked at the alcohol level – 15.5⁰! So for a port that is not a port. But it’s is a tad too alcoholic for my taste, but certainly not lacking in character.