Ardèche Wine

Ardèche Wine

As yields have decreased and prices have risen ineluctably in classic wine regions - notably Burgundy and Bordeaux - the Ardèche has remained an unimpeachable enclave of diverse and accessible wine production. A varied topography and long ripening season combined with small vineholdings that are well-served by progressive cave co-opératives, give optimum conditions for making commercial volumes of finely-crafted and attractively-priced wines.

Founded in 1967, the 'Union des Vignerons' co-operative - based in Ruoms in the heart of the Ardèche - unifies 14 different wineries creating an exemplary 'one-stop shop' and outlet for the region's smallholders. Today, its output enjoys an international following amongst wine lovers who enjoy its superb single-varietal bottlings and cleverly-crafted blends. Their appreciation of a grape's key qualities is profound so their unblended offerings merit attention. The Viognier 'Grès du Trias' has loads of expressive character with apricot and white peach scents supplemented by a supple stone-fruit palate with an elegant, dry finish. A sibling Chardonnay has orchard fruit aromas and a wealth of russet apple flavours underscored by nervy mineral nuances. Red grapes are also well represented by a Pinot Noir which is redolent of summer berries offset by fresh acidity. A briary Cabernet Sauvignon has lots of blackcurrant fruit, fine-grained tannins and uplifting notes of fresh mint and black pepper. Completing a commendable compendium is the 'Basalte du Coiron' Syrah - from volcanic soils on the Massif du Coiron - that has a dense black fruit bouquet and core of plum and damson fruit with delicate forest floor undertones.

Blends are also given careful consideration. The 'Les Terrasses' wines are bottled under screwcap to conserve their youthful fruit and they make for upmarket everyday drinking. The white is a mixture of Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache Blanc that is vinified in stainless steel vats and exudes freshness. With citrus and wild flower scents and savoury Mirabelle plum flavours, it makes for a versatile aperitif. The red is a harmonious amalgam of Merlot and Syrah giving dark, plummy fruit with hints of game and wild mushrooms. Regional recommendations include 'Grand Aven' Côtes du Vivarais - another Syrah-Grenache union from low-yielding mature rootstock. With ripe hedgerow berry scents and briary palate with earthy notes and a soft finish, it makes a fine foil for impromptu lunches of pâté, cheese and charcuterie.

Another commendable co-op' is the Cave de Saint-Désirat that lies in the sweeping landscape of the Northern Rhône between the villages of Champagne and Saint-Désirat. As well as producing some redoubtable Rhône Crus, they also make some magnificent modest wines. Their straight Gamay de l'Ardèche has a lovely purple robe, a violet and redcurrant bouquet and smoothly-textured palate of small red fruits offset by the gentlest of tannins. It drinks well lightly-chilled and lends itself well to picnics and barbecues.

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  1. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Les Terrasses' Blanc 2021
    Bottle
    £10.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £123.00
  2. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Bottle
    £10.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £126.00
  3. IGP Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes: Cave Saint-Désirat Gamay 2020
    Bottle
    £11.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £135.00
  4. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Les Terrasses' Rouge 2020
    Bottle
    £10.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £123.00
  5. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Pinot Noir 2019
    Bottle
    £11.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £135.00
  6. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Viognier 'Grès du Trias' 2020
    Bottle
    £13.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £159.00
  7. IGP Ardèche: Vignerons Ardéchois Syrah 'Basalte du Coiron' 2019
    Bottle
    £12.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £147.00
  8. IGP Ardèche: Les Vignerons Ardéchois Chardonnay 2020
    Bottle
    £11.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £138.00
  9. Côtes du Vivarais: Vignerons Ardéchois 'Grand Aven' 2019
    Bottle
    £12.95
    Bottle (Case)
    £155.40
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