Our Wines In The Press

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

A blend of Viognier (mainly), Grenache Blanc and Roussanne, it’s fresh, delicate and oakfree. It boasts delightfully creamy apricot fruit and a long, persistent savoury finish. It makes a great aperitif or partner to pot roast chicken although the wine-maker (and asparagus grower) Lionel Pourquier told us it’s best with new season’s asparagus. I absolutely love it...

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

An equal blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault, it’s a gorgeous palest of pale pink and is utterly charming. It’s thirst-quenchingly refreshing, too, with seductive sweet, spicy redcurrant fruit and a long, dry to off-dry finish. A must for any picnic or al fresco seduction.

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

The Minervois ‘Cuvée Tradition’ 2012: Domaine le Cazal is an old favourite of mine... A blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan, it’s intense, robust, earthy, spicy and leathery. It has bags of style and character and is a classic match for a true, days-in-the-making, shirt-popping cassoulet.

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

The Saint-Chinian ‘Cuvée Magali’ 2010: Château Milhau-Lacugue is an equal blend of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault from just west of Béziers. It’s soft, mellow and dangerously accessible. There is a definite hint of pepper and spice, though, behind the rich, ripe fruit and it has a long, fresh red cherry finish. Enjoy it, as we did, with a salad of pigeon breast and puy lentils.

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

Goodness, I enjoyed the Pic Saint-Loup ‘L’Arbouse’ 2012: Mas Bruguière, made from old vines at the foot of the rugged Pic Saint-Loup mountain itself. A big, brave Syrah/Grenache combo, it’s full of heady spice and rich, exuberant, dark bramble fruit. Jason reckons it’s ideal with (and in) slow-cooked daubes and casseroles. But keep a glass back. I thought it even better the day after opening.

Spectator Wine Club, April 2014

By Jonathan Ray - Spectator Wine Club, April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

The Collioure ‘La Pinède’ 2012: Domaine la Tour Vieille made from hand-picked Grenache Noir and Carignan grown on steep, terraced slopes overlooking the harbour of Collioure. ‘Rugged, chest-thumping and life-affirming,’ declared Jason, and I can’t help but agree. It’s big and bold with a wealth of briary berry scents and flavours supported by firm but ripe tannins. Serve with stuffed peppers and a saddle of lamb liberally laced with anchovies and garlic.

A World of Easter Wines

By Henry Jeffries - The Lady, 11th April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

Claret, France. An Englishman's first love is always claret. Bordeaux was an English territory for more than 200 years and, even after it fell to the French, it maintained its close relationswith England. Château d'Abzac 2010: One sniff and you know where you are. It's rich and refreshing, with just a hint of dark chocolate. A good lunchtime sort of wine.

A lambtastic drop: Yes, claret is fine for that Easter roast. But why not try these delicious, cheaper alternatives?

By Olly Smith - Mail on Sunday, 13/04/2014. (Posted April 2014)

And £10 spent with a reputable independent merchant can deliver serious quality punching well above price, such as Minervois Domaine la Cazal 2012 (13.5 per cent) £10.25 from yapp.co.uk. When you spend a little extra the quality of these wines often trounces competing reds for the same price. And paired with a platter of roast lamb, these wines will not only taste delicious, but they will save you a few quid to splash out more Easter eggs!

Moneyweek - Wine of the Week

By Matthew Jukes - Moneyweek, 11th April 2014.. (Posted April 2014)

This wine was first featured in MoneyWeek back in 2009 and I have stalked it ever since. Apart from the 2011, which was a little bit hollow, every vintage has been a winner. In fact, when I meet MoneyWeek readers out and about at my various masterclasses and roadshows this cheeky blend of Merlot, Grenache and Carignan seems to be one of the mainstays in their cellars. Yapp reports that it is one of their best-selling wines, too. There is no doubt that the sub-tenner price point is a strong pull. So many wines these days just about deliver at this mark but unfortunately very few thrill. As you know, ‘just about delivering’ is not a MoneyWeek trait. I require wines which transport your palate to another dimension. Septembre is one such wine, with its trademark supple texture and clever amalgam of both generous, hedgerow Bordeaux notes and wild, yet cultured Southern Rhône scents. 2013 is not a highly fancied vintage in France but I can tell you that this impressive rouge hits the bull’s eye. Make sure that you get in quick before the word gets out.

The Shadow Cabernet

By Olly Smith - Mail on Sunday, 06/04/2014. (Posted April 2014)

Summery, spicy and fruity red with a striking cartoon of De Gaulle on the label. Perfect to chill with.

Saumur Rouge 2011Saumur Rouge 2011
Bottle£9.75
Case£117.00
Find out more