Côtes de Thongue
Hugues and Roland’s 'Domaine Les Filles de Septembre' Cuvée Tradition has rapidly gained a loyal following and is now one of our top-selling wines. It has a joyful summer berry bouquet and juicy palate of youthful, red fruit, with bright peppery undertones over a background of supple, ripe tannins. Think Bordeaux meets the Languedoc.
- Bottle £9.75
- Bottle Case £117.00
Côtes de Thongue Wine
Not unlike a Victorian explorer, excluding the pith helmet and butterfly net, Mr Yapp senior began his career in the wine trade in something of a Golden Age of discovery. Vast tracts of viticultural France were completely unsullied by foreign buyers and domestic wine lists didn’t stretch much beyond Bordeaux, Burgundy, Port and Hock. In the days before mobile phones and laptops, he would load up the Citroën ‘Safari’ with generous supplies of Imodium, Alka- Seltzer and beads for the natives and disappear for weeks on end, eventually to return with magical findings like Condrieu, Jasnières and Coteaux des Baux. In the current era of instant messaging and satellite navigation, it seems as if there are very few unturned stones in the world of wine so, when we chanced upon the Géraud brothers’ Côtes du Thongue whilst peregrinating round Pézenas back in 2008, it was as if we’d chanced upon the Arc of the Covenant. Here was a wine made from an outlandish blend of Mediterranean and Bordelais grapes (25% each of Carignan and Grenache and 50% Merlot, since you ask) that was unknown back in Blighty and a veritable bargain to boot. Of course, now every Tom, Dick and Brooklyn is importing Côtes du Thongue, but we were first to market with one of the very finest.