Pic Saint-Loup Wine
We first visited the Bruguière family's eponymous 'Mas Bruguière' back in 2005 when Pic Saint-Loup was a little known Cru of the Coteaux du Languedoc. We were so impressed by the wines that we placed our inaugural order on the spot and have shipped regularly ever since. Xavier Bruguière took over the reins from his father Guilhem in 2007 and immediately put all 20 hectares of their vine-holdings under organic conversion, gaining certification in 2011. Pic Saint-Loup finally gained the 'AOP' status it richly deserves in 2016, the same year August hailstorms severely depleted the potential harvest. The 2017 vintage was also 'short', due to high temperatures and low rainfall, but qualitatively this is an estate at the top of its game. The wines may no longer be the unqualified backwater bargains they once were but their value for money is still outstanding.
Xavier's white 'Les Mûriers' is made from a blend of 80% Marsanne and 20% Rousanne and is bottled as a 'Coteaux du Languedoc' as the appellation doesn't (yet) extend to white wines. It has appealing peach and yellow plum scents and an orchard fruit palate with a long, elegant finish. Xavier recommends serving it with a spelt risotto with girolles or seabass with buttered cabbage. The principal red wine is called 'L'Arbouse' and is blended from 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache Noir that are matured in wood and concrete vats respectively prior to careful blending and an unfiltered bottling. It has a wealth of wild garrigue berry scents and flavours offset by fresh acidity and ripe tannins and is remarkably approachable on its youthful fruit, although it will cellar well for 3-5 years.