Côtes de Thongue Wine
Yapp Brothers was built upon the solid foundations of the Rhône and Loire river valleys when Robin Yapp first sought diversion from dentistry in the late 1960s. He had a pretty free hand in signing up vinous visionaries who served our business well during its formative years. By the 21st century, when the second-generation chez Yapp were getting involved in sourcing wine, new discoveries were getting harder to find so we elected to cast our nets further afield. As well as some exciting discoveries in Corsica, we found the Languedoc a promising source of well-made, keenly-priced and relatively unknown wines. In 2008, we wrote to various vignerons in the Côtes de Thongue soliciting samples and received an enthusiastic response enabling us to organise quite an extensive tasting in Mere. Happily, our panel - who sampled the wines 'blind' - unanimously favoured those from Domaine Les Filles de Septembre. We hastily arranged a trip to visit the Géraud family in the village of Abeilhan, 11 kilometres north-northwest of Bézièrs and fortunately their wines showed just as well chez eux. We placed our first order there and then – the wines have now become popular bestsellers.
Their attractive, coral pink 'Les Filles de Septembre' rosé is made from equal parts of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Grenache Noir and Cinsault and has racy redcurrant aromas and ripe raspberry palate underscored by a fresh acidity. It makes for quintessential outdoor imbibing with or without a picnic. Its sibling red 'Tradition' hails from a base of 50% Merlot along with 25% each of Grenache Noir and Carignan. With a bouquet of dark berries and cherries and warming red fruit flavours supported by supple tannins, it makes a versatile partner to stews and casseroles and can be cellared for 2 to 3 years.