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red wines at the French Association of Independent Growers

What is it with Grenache/Carignan/Syrah blends? Those deep savoury edged, black fruit wonders that make my heart quiver. And why is those from the South of France are simply the best; my favourite style of wine by far? You can pour those expensive clarets down the sink, keep those Burgundian Pinot Noirs in the rack thank you very much; for me a decent bottle from the Languedoc will do me fine. And it has to be the Languedoc, for you just don't find the same concentration and textural qualities from anywhere else. You can add a dash of Mouvèdre in the mix if you like, even better if you have a sun-baked plot of vines planted when rationing was still prevalent in the UK...

Last Tuesday saw me padding around in Lords Cricket Ground. We (myself and Densie the Wine Sleuth) hit on a little patch of red wines from the Southern reaches of France, all grouped on the Wine & Dine table. These are described as a "showcase of sophisticated wines for accompanying sit-down meals, which are, typically, served at table with food, thus defining a very different experience" (when compared to the Easy Drinking, informal wines for example). Perhaps this is why I enjoy them so much - their superb food-matching credentials




Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Haut-Blanville Peyrals, 2007, Coteaux du Languedoc, France.

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The depth of colour, the superb structure and rounded, deep fruit filled palate immediately attracted. Lovely balance. Herby, liquorice edged flavours. A blend of Syrah (young vines), Grenache and Carignan (very old vines).
Scribblings Rating - 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Chateau Gléon Selection Combe de Berre, 2006, Vin de Pays Vallée du Paradis, France

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Another Syrah/Grenache/Carignan blend this with the addition of Mouvèdre. The 6th generation of the Montanié family manages the 150 acres estate, one located to the south of Narbonne. This very aromatic wine offers hints of mushroom and woodland undergrowth to the juicy blackcurrant flavours.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Mas Cremat L'Envie, 2007, Cotes du Roussillon, France

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A beautiful deep violet colour and a lovely aroma full of blackcurrants and blackberries with a deep inky edge on the finish. Excellent structure and balance.

The Estates Tamarius red and Balmettes white are both stocked by The Winey at £7.99 a bottle; the L'Envie is going to be more expensive.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]



Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Domaine Gardies Le Clos des Vignes Tautavel, 2007, Cotes du Roussillon, France

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A wine available in the UK! Look to The Wine Society who list this at £14.40 per bottle. It's another Grenache (55%), Syrah (20%), Carignan (15%) and Mourvèdre (10%) blend with the Carignan plucked from old vines about 60-70 years old. For me the star of the tasting (the other wines from the estate are also rather good). Not much to the nose mind but the palate is rich, concentrated, balanced, rounded with superb flavours. Alcohol 14%. The estate plans to be fully organic by 2012.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100 [4.25 out of 5]



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Totally agree. 2010 is my year for Southern France. If I can make a totally independent recommendation: Yapp Brothers are an endless source of interesting wines from this region; check them out...

http://www.yapp.co.uk/

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