Côtes de Thongue Wine
A winning combination of low land costs and terrific viticultural conditions makes the Languedoc the 'go to' wine country for well-crafted wines that are really keenly-priced. If you search below Appellation Contrôlée level, there are bargains to be found. A case in point is the Thongue river valley which only has 'I.G.P' status but yields some terrific wines. Back in 2008, we decided to research the region in detail and were hugely impressed by what we discovered. We were in the privileged position of being able to blind taste wines from numerous producers; none of whom were represented by an importer in the UK. Happily, our tasting panel were unanimous in their preference for a single wine - the 'Cuvée Tradition' from Domaine les Filles de Septembre. Made by brothers Hugues and Roland Géraud from a blend of 50% Merlot and 25% each of Grenache Noir and Carignan, it has become a stalwart of this list and gained a large and loyal following. With a blackcurrant bouquet and smooth palate of dark berries and cherries, fresh acidity and fine tannins, it is a versatile crowd-pleaser that is readily approachable from release.
A more recent listing, that has proved equally popular, is the Domaine's attractive coral-pink rosé. Made from a blend of Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Cinsault, it has appealing summer berry scents and palate of redcurrants and rosehips with a fresh crisp finish.