The Languedoc-Roussillon Case Offer

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The Languedoc-Roussillon Case
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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

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 2020£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 IGP Côtes Catalanes: 'Vieilles Vignes' Domaine du Clos des Fées Grenache Blanc 2018£0.00

"Proprietor Hervé Bizeul has outdone himself with the 2018 IGP Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blanc Vieilles Vignes (which actually includes a bit of Grenache Gris as well). Scents of crushed stone, melon and tangerine emerge on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is broad and mouth coating yet finishes long, with mouthwatering salinity and terrific freshness. 92/100."
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate.

1 x IGP Pays d'Oc: Domaine Girard 'Garriguette' Rosé 2020£0.00

From the Languedoc hills, this IGP rosé wine owes its freshness to planting at 350m altitude, receiving cooling breezes from both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Classic Cabernet Franc gives beautiful berry fruit and acidity making this a wonderful food partner, particularly to sumptuous salads or chilli-spiced Asian dishes. ‘Garriguette’ is an early-ripening variety of strawberry with a particularly intense perfume. ‘Garrigue’ also references the scrub herbs and undergrowth common in the area.

1 x Corbières: Domaine Py 'Cuvée Mondière' Rouge 2018£0.00

Jean-Pierre Py's red Corbières wine 'Cuvée Mondière' hails from a blend of organically-grown Syrah, Grenache and old-vine Carignan that are vinified separately in vat (75%) and barrel (25%) prior to fastidious blending. Already immensely approachable, it will readily support a year or more's bottle age. It is a chest-thumping crowd-pleaser, full of the blushful Hippocrene, that will go down a treat with a rib-eye steak or sausages and mash.

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 Côtes de Thongue: Domaine Les Filles de Septembre 'Tradition' 2020£0.00

Hugues and Roland's 'Domaine Les Filles de Septembre' Cuvée Tradition from the Côtes de Thongue has rapidly gained a loyal following, and is now one of our top-selling wines. It has a joyful summer berry bouquet and juicy palate of youthful, red fruit, with bright peppery undertones over a background of supple, ripe tannins. Think Bordeaux meets the Languedoc.

1 x Pic Saint-Loup: Mas Bruguière 'l'Arbouse' 2019£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 Faugères: Château Estanilles 'Vallongue' Rouge 2019£0.00

A spicy, mid-weight organic red Faugères wine comprised in this vintage of 45% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and 5% Mourvèdre. Food-wise, bavette frîtes, confit du canard or a fricassee of wild mushrooms would be ideal.

1 x IGP Vin de Pays de l'Hérault: Domaine Roquemale 'Meli Melo' 2019£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!

1 x Costières de Nîmes: Château Roubaud 'Cuvée Passion' Rouge 2019£0.00

Guillaume Molinier’s top cuvée which he renamed ‘Passion’ from ‘Prestige’ despite our fervent protestations, is nevertheless a cracking blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. It differs from the ‘junior’ red wine (‘Plaisir’) in replacing Carignan with weightier grape Mourvèdre and swapping Léon Dupuy’s eye-catching 1930s art deco label for the evocative embossed bottle depicting a crocodile and palm tree, referencing Roman legionnaires who settled in the region on returning from African expeditions.

1 x IGP Côtes Catalanes: Domaine Ferrer-Ribière 'Empreinte du Temps' Carignan 2017£0.00

This vibrant, fresh Catalan Carignan hails from a precious parcel of 140+ year old pre-phylloxera vines. Here at Yapp HQ it's a firm favourite that delivers consistently in every vintage. Like the white Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Grenache Blanc from Domaine Ferrer-Ribière, this wine too is well-suited to simple, rustic cuisine - some sizzling Toulouse sausages or cassoulet would fit the bill nicely.