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BBC Food & Drink - Drink choices, episode 4: Unsung Heroes

By Joe Wadsack - BBC Food & Drink, January 2015.. (Posted January 2015)

A few extra quid and one can buy something truly vivid and delicious. This wine has more concentration of flavour, crisper fruit and a much more vivid smell of lemon curd and green apples. Wonderful wine for affordable money. This very wine was the first Muscadet that I can ever remember tasting. Happy memories.

My Top Three

By Rosemary George MW - Decanter, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

Christine Campadieu and Vincent Cantié's single-vineyard Puig Oriol is mainly Syrah with some Grenache. For Camapdieu, the character of Collioure comes from the schist, giving wines that are strong but smooth. 16 (86). Drink 2016 - 2020.

MoneyWeek Wine of the Week

By Matthew Jukes - MoneyWeek, 16/01/2015.. (Posted January 2015)

This week I am showcasing a red wine in order to further highlight the splendours of the Languedoc. Once again, the rules here are easy to follow. Try to avoid Pinot Noir – it is too hot. Cabernet and Merlot both work well, but Bordeaux is obviously superior and I can still find you bargains, so hold off. This vast territory specialises in the ‘Rhône varieties’ and they all love the sun. So, when you find a Syrah/Grenache/Cinsault blend (Mourvèdre and Carignan are also good fellows to seek out) in a vineyard that has been there since Roman times you know you are onto a good thing. A tenner is the right mark to expect some breeding, not just grunt and impact. With this in mind I urge you to taste Cuvée Magali. This is a bright, cherry-soaked, liquorice-tinged red with a smattering of old oak and lashings of earth and undergrowth tones which add complexity and accuracy. It is the definitive, all-purpose winter red with an unlimited food and wine-matching repertoire and not a little class. Happy days.

Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

...the 2011 Côtes du Luberon, Château la Canorgue Rouge from the picturesque Provençal hill town of Bonnieux. It might be dark and richly-scented but, thanks to the grapes being grown at altitude, irrigated by natural subterranean aquifers, the wine is also marvellously fresh and vibrant with buckets of blackberry/blackcurrant/ plum fruit and herbs on nose and palate. Organic since its planting in 1978, the estate really is one to watch.

Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

We featured the vintage prior to the 2013 Mas Bruguière Pic St-Loup L’Arbouse early last year and it was snapped up by readers. A rich, dense, heady, sweet/savoury, Syrah/Grenache blend from the Languedoc, it has long been a staple at Le Gavroche and it’s not hard to see why. It is the perfect winter warmer...

Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

The 2010 Domaine Ferrer Ribière Côtes du Roussillon Cuvée Tradition, from the village of Terrats in Roussillon, is an old favourite. An intense and fascinating blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan from low, low-yielding 100-year-old vines, it is smooth yet robust and is gratifyingly richly flavoured with blackcurrants, prunes and spice on the palate. Just about perfect in terms of maturity too.

Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

If, on the other hand, pure, single varietal Sauvignon Blanc is your thing then look no further than the 2013 Domaine Dominique Guyot ‘Les Loges’ Pouilly Fumé. This is very grown-up stuff indeed, bearing all the typical hallmarks of minerality and freshness... I would expect to pay much more given its provenance, the vineyard of Les Loges being in the absolute sweet spot in the centre of the Pouilly Fumé appellation.

Pouilly-Fumé: Les Loges 2013Pouilly-Fumé: Les Loges 2013
Bottle£13.95
Case£167.40
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Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

The 2013 Coteaux d’Aix Domaine des Oullières Blanc is a typically enticing blend of Vermentino, Grenache Gris, Ugni Blanc and Rolle from Provence. It’s organic too, with a seductive fragrance to it and great depth of flavour. It’s complex and intense with hints of herbs and spice and is ideal for those bored with single varietal Chardonnay or Sauvignon.

Spectator Wine Club, January 2015

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, January 2015. (Posted January 2015)

The 2013 Domaine Gaujal Picpoul de Pinet, from near Montpellier, is charm itself, from one of the most celebrated of all P de P producers. High in acidity, it’s both zesty and smooth and deliciously full-flavoured. It has plenty of fruit in the mouth and an ever-so-slightly salty finish to it, making it ideal for knocking back with some bivalves from the neighbouring Bassin de Thau.

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By Jeb Dunnock. (Posted January 2015)

"...it has a classic feel in its beautiful dark fruit, ground pepper and damp earth-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, supple, elegant and beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. 90/100, drink 2014-2022"