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Superstars of Southern France

La crème de la crème from four iconic estates.

Superstars of Southern France Mixed Case Offer
£750.00

The fine wine firmament tends to fixate on Bordeaux and Burgundy, but it would be a mistake to overlook outposts of excellence in Southern France. We are fortunate to ship wines from four of the very best - Domaine de Montcalmès and La Grange des Pères in the Languedoc and Domaine de Trévallon and Château Simone in Provence. The first three first produced wine in 1999, 1992, and 1977 respectively and share some links. Eloi Durrbach (who credits the discovery of Trévallon to a visit by DRC’s Aubert de Villaine) was a mentor to Laurent Vaillé at La Grange des Pères. Laurent (who trained at Trévallon as well as Coche-Dury in Meursault) tutored Domaine Montcalmes' Frédéric Pourtalié (who also was a stagiste chez Alain Graillot). Château Simone, on the other hand, has been in the hands of the Rougier family for over seven generations.

What all four estates have in common is that they have risen to cult status with sommeliers and cavistes in France and older vintages are regularly snapped up at auction by collectors.

"'One of my favorite estates in the Languedoc is unquestionably that of the young Frederic Pourtalie."
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate.

This mixed case contains one bottle each of:

WHITE:
Domaine de Montcalmès 2016
Domaine de La Grange des Pères 2015
"Banana, candy, peach – really vivid fruit, and it evokes Condrieu very strongly. Some interesting herby notes on the finish. Superb definition of fruit, long and fragrant and candied. 17.5/20."
Richard Hemming MW - jancisrobinson.com

Domaine de Trévallon 2016
Château Simone 2017

"One of the greatest discoveries in my life has been the wine made at the Domaine de Trévallon. Virtually everything about this compelling wine is unique."
Robert M. Parker - Wines of the Rhône Valley and Provence.

This mixed case also contains two bottles each of:

RED:
Domaine de Montcalmès 2016
"The 2016 Terrasses Du Larzac from winemaker Frederic Pourtalié is up there with the 2010, and my money is on it being one of the finest cuvées to date. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as gorgeous notes of kirsch liqueur, wild fennel, garrigue, exotic spice, and pepper, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific core of sweet fruit, and ripe, silky tannins. It's a hedonistic, beautifully balanced wine from the Languedoc to enjoy any time over the coming 7-8 years or more. 94/100."
Jeb Dunnock - Wine Advocate.

Domaine de La Grange des Pères 2016
Domaine de Trévallon 2015
Château Simone 2015

(Please note the Domaine de Montcalmès 2016, Domaine de La Grange des Pères 2015 and Domaine de Trévallon 2016 white wines, and the Domaine de Trévallon 2015 and Domaine de La Grange des Pères 2016 reds, are only available in this offer case - they are not offered individually).

This mixed case includes

1 x Château Simone Blanc 2017£0.00

A framed menu on the walls at the Château notes that, when the well-to-do people of Aix hosted a lunch for Presidents Mitterand and Berlusconi, white Simone was served with the starter. Whether this is a good or bad advert for the wine is open to interpretation, but it demonstrates that it's held in high regard. The Château Simone Blanc is complex, attractive and very well structured.

2 x AOC Terrasses du Larzac: Domaine de Montcalmès Rouge 2016£0.00

"The 2016 Terrasses Du Larzac from winemaker Frederic Pourtalie is up there with the 2010, and my money is on it being one of the finest cuvées to date. Revealing a ruby/purple hue as well as gorgeous notes of kirsch liqueur, wild fennel, garrigue, exotic spice, and pepper, it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a terrific core of sweet fruit, and ripe, silky tannins. It’s a hedonistic, beautifully balanced wine from the Languedoc to enjoy any time over the coming 7-8 years or more. 94/100."
Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com

2 x Château Simone Rouge 2015£0.00

Château Simone Rouge - a rare unreconstructed historical gem of a wine. Complex 'cigar box', sandalwood and sous bois aromas precede a rich, evolved palate with some mushroom and resinous notes - it is often mistaken for top-quality Bordeaux. It merits decanting, readily supports a decade's bottle-age, and will make a perfect foil to a garlic-studded gigot d'agneau or grilled rib of beef.