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Malepère Wine

Malepère Wine

If one were tasked with buying a vineyard and making potable wine profitably (and one hopes one never is) then the emergent appellation of Malepère - in Cathar country on the western fringes of the Languedoc – would be worthy of strong consideration. There has yet to be any discernible 'land grab' so prices are relatively low; the region benefits from both Mediterranean and Atlantic influences with good light levels, a long ripening season, cooling sea breezes and sufficient rainfall. There are free-draining calcareous soils and a broad palette of permitted grapes to work with and full Appellation Contrôlée status was bestowed by the I.N.A.O in 2007.

Philippe Girard is one of 16 independent wine-makers who have recognised the potential here and he recently elected to invest in a brand new winery, warehouse and 'cellar door' shop to service growing demand for his wines. Philippe currently has 36 hectares of vines in total, 5 of which are classified as Limoux, he also grows wheat and sunflowers. His toothsome red Malepère is made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is like a cross between a youthful 'Petit Château' claret and a sun-kissed Languedoc red. With a wealth of blackcurrant and ripe plum scents and flavours offset by fine-grained tannins and a fresh acidity, it is a versatile crowd-pleaser to accompany Cassoulet de Castelnaudary, Portobello mushrooms or Barnsley chops.

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  1. Malepère: Domaine Girard 'Cuvée Neri 2018
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    £15.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £186.00
  2. IGP Pays d'Oc: Domaine Girard 'Garriguette' Rosé 2019
    Bottle
    £11.75
    Bottle (Case)
    £141.00
  3. IGP Pays d'Oc: Domaine Girard Pinot Noir 2018
    Bottle
    £13.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £162.00
  4. Malepère: Domaine Girard 'Cuvée Tradition' 2018
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    £12.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £150.00
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