I always enjoy the Wine Society’s tastings as their buyers invariably come up with a deliciously eclectic range of wines, and last week was no exception.
There were three wines from the Languedoc, namely
2015 Pélerin Blanc Pays de Caux, from the Chartreuse de Mougères, between Pézenas and Roujan. £6.25. This comes from a blend of Vermentino and Sauvignon, with a dash of Muscat. The nose is quite soft and fragrant and the palate combines the pithiness of Sauvignon, and the sappy quality of Vermentino, with the Muscat providing a lift on the finish. It makes for eminently easy drinking.
2015 la Clape, Arpège from Château Rouquette sur Mer - £10.50
This is altogether a much more serious wine, made from Bourboulenc, which is the characteristic white variety of la Clape, blended with some Roussanne. To quote Marcel Orford Williams, the Society’s buyer for the Languedoc, the Bourboulenc gives the wine its grip while the Roussanne adds body and flavour. It has a lovely saline note, stemming from the vineyard’s proximity to the sea, and there is some weight on the palate, with a fresh sappiness and an elegant finish. A stunning example of how the white wines of the Languedoc are improving with every vintage.
2014 Fitou Origines, Domaine Bertrand-Bergé - £7.95
This comes from the mountainous vineyards of Fitou, as opposed to the coastal vineyards and the p[principal grape variety is Carignan. Quite simply the wine tastes of the south. There are smoky leathery notes on the nose and on the palate lots of nuances, with red fruit, garrigues, herbs and spice . The finish is youthful and sturdy, with some potential for ageing.