Taste of the Languedoc

IWC Languedoc-Roussillon Specialist Merchant of the Year 2019, 2018 & 2017.

Taste of the Languedoc Mixed Case Offer
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We have found the Languedoc a happy hunting ground over the past decade or so, having discovered all twelve wines in this case since the turn of the century. During that time, a great deal has changed (for the better) in this region which still accounts for roughly 1 in 10 bottles of wine produced globally.

Sweeping in a 200km arc from the medieval citadel of Carcassonne to the mysterious wetland of the Camargue, the Languedoc incorporates 30,000 winemakers and 300 co-operatives, but affordable land and relatively broad appellation rules have allowed young, dynamic vignerons to make their mark with wines of high quality at remarkably petit prix. Here one might buy 30 hectares of established vineyards and a Mas that requires a spot of renovation for the same price of one hectare of vines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Alongside traditional grape varieties such as Syrah, Carginan and Mourvèdre, you'll find fashionable IGP varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier, not to mention local curios like Piquepoul, Alicante and Rolle.

"This is a terrific region that's producing distinctive, world-class wines that merit your hard-earned money, limited space in the cellar, and a spot on the table."
Jeb Dunnuck - Wine Advocate.

This mixed case contains one bottle each of:

Crémant de Limoux: Domaine Collin 'Cuvée Sélection' Brut

Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2019
Corbières: Domaine Py '3ème Cuvée' Blanc 2018
Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Vallongue' Blanc 2019

Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre Rosé 2019

Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rouge 2017
Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2014
Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2018
Malepère: Domaine Girard 'Cuvée Tradition' 2018
Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2018
Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2016
IGP Vin de Pays de l'Hérault: Domaine Roquemale 'Meli Melo' 2018

This mixed case includes

1 x Crémant de Limoux: Domaine Collin 'Cuvée Sélection' Brut£0.00

Philippe Collin, the son of a Champenois, makes this bottle-fermented Crémant de Limoux sparkling wine from 'Champagne grapes' Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Limoux region. The fine mousse and clean finish of this excellent Crémant de Limoux belie its Seventies label and humble price tag.

1 x Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2019£0.00

This alluring and tangy Picpoul de Pinet wine is made just north of the Bassin de Thau, a large salt water lagoon near Montpellier in the Languedoc. It makes a bracing aperitif, but a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet and a bucket of oysters? Food and wine matching doesn't get much simpler or better than that.

1 x Corbières: Domaine Py '3ème Cuvée' Blanc 2018£0.00

This characterful organic white Corbières wine, a blend of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino and Roussanne, is fermented on its lees to impart as much flavour as possible. It has a pale straw colour, appealing wild flower and herb scents, and a lovely, rich orchard fruit palate underscored by deftly-integrated oak.

1 x Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Vallongue' Blanc 2019£0.00

Julien Seydoux's delicious white Faugères wine is from a blend of 45% Marsanne, 35% Roussanne and 20% Vermentino. It's a versatile partner for fish and poultry dishes. Certified organic.

1 x Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre Rosé 2019£0.00

The Thongue red is a Yapp bestseller, so we were delighted so discover that their coral-pink rosé wine ticks all the required boxes too - zesty, dry, refreshing and great value.

1 x Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud Rouge 2017£0.00

The red Costières de Nîmes wine from Château Roubaud is made from a blend of 30% each of Syrah, Grenache Noir and Carignan along with 10% Cinsault. Bursting with ripe garrigue fruit over earthy tannins and scrubland scents, this crowd-pleasing, chest-thumping red wine is the perfect foil for robust, rustic dishes - cassoulet or pot au feu spring to mind.

1 x Saint-Chinian: Château Milhau-Lacugue 'Les Truffières' 2014£0.00

Unmistakably a Mediterranean red, this rich, hedonistic blend of Syrah & Grenache from the Herault is an ideal match for simple, hearty cuisine.

1 x Minervois: Domaine Le Cazal 'Tradition' 2018£0.00

A long-time quest for a great value Minervois wine came to fruition with this cracking little red from Domaine Le Cazal. It is a traditional un-oaked wine with fine garrigue aromas and a spicy mid-weight palate of dark berry fruit offset by supple tannins.

1 x Malepère: Domaine Girard 'Cuvée Tradition' 2018£0.00

Ever on the lookout for impressive wines from far-flung regions, this Malepère - a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot from the Western edge of the Languedoc - tickled our fancy. Enjoy with a cassoulet from nearby Castelnaudary.

1 x Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2018£0.00

The Pic Saint-Loup Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' is a rich, compelling red wine with a wealth of wild garrigue herb and berry scents and a lovely, pitchy palate of black fruit and fine-grained tannins.

1 x Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2016£0.00

A juicy, spicy blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache from the red wine only appellation of Fitou. It took us a while to find a Fitou we liked, and this one we love.

1 x IGP Vin de Pays de l'Hérault: Domaine Roquemale 'Meli Melo' 2018£0.00

This inspired discovery from a recent foray into the heart of the Languedoc is organic and relatively low in alcohol. Think of it as a quaffable, sun-kissed Beaujolais of the South!