The Languedoc-Roussillon Case Offer
IWC Specialist Merchant of the Year 2021, 2019, 2018.
The International Wine Challenge rolled back into town over the summer after a hiatus in 2020 and we were chuffed to retain our crown as No.1 in the land for Languedoc-Roussillon wines. The two regions are often appended, although they have distinct climates and cultures. What they have in common are (i) affordable land' and (ii) relatively broad appellation rules which, combined, have allowed young, dynamic vignerons to make their mark with high quality wines at petit prix.
"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 on the Languedoc.
The Languedoc sweeps in a 200km arc from the mysterious wetlands of the Camargue to the battlements of the medieval citadel of Carcassonne and its 150,000 hectares under vine incorporate 30,000 winemakers and 300 cooperatives. Alongside traditional grape varieties such as Syrah, Carginan and Mourvèdre, you'll find fashionable IGP varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Viognier, not to mention local curios like Piquepoul, Alicante and Rolle.
"As I mentioned last year, this little pocket of Mediterranean France adjacent to Spain is turning out some incredible wines, many of which retail for prices that put them comfortably into the 'everyday drinking' category."
Joe Czerwinski - Wine Advocate on the Roussillon.
The Roussillon begins at Perpignan and ends at the Spanish border in the Pyrenees. Fiercely Catalan, the regain is much smaller (just 25,000 hectares of vines) than the Languedoc and its fertile soils produce an abundance of fruit and excellent wine – including 90% of France's Vin Doux Naturel - fortified sweet wine.
This twelve-bottle selection provides a good overview of the range and quality that can be winkled out of both.
This mixed case contains one bottle each of:
Crémant de Limoux: Domaine Collin 'Cuvée Sélection' Brut
Picpoul de Pinet: Domaine Gaujal 2020
IGP Côtes Catalanes: 'Vieilles Vignes' Domaine du Clos des Fées Grenache Blanc 2018
IGP Pays d'Oc: Domaine Girard 'Garriguette' Rosé 2020
Corbières: Domaine Py 'Cuvée Mondière' Rouge 2018
Fitou: Domaine des Rebouls 2016
Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre 'Tradition' 2020
Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2019
Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Vallongue' Rouge 2019
IGP Vin de Pays de l'Hérault: Domaine Roquemale 'Meli Melo' 2019
Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud 'Cuvée Passion' Rouge 2019
IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2017