Spring wine fairs and other tastings and highlights


Spring wine fairs and other tastings and highlights

During the early months of the year there have been a host of UK based tastings and I have been on my travels including visits to the bi-annual wine fairs Vinisud in Montpellier and Alimentaria in Barcelona. These are must visits in the course of updating the southern France and Spain sections of Wine behind the label both for the print and digital 10th editions and the upcoming online version which we are working on at present. More details on this will follow shortly.

We have also just had the London Wine Fair and Neville and I were both able to take time off from the stand to catch up with wines we know and make further new discoveries. I will be focussing this series of blogs on wines that I feel offer particularly good value. Recommendations will be included from the Northern and Southern Rhône Valleys, Provence, Corsica, Languedoc, Roussillon and the major Spanish regions. I will also be making some recommendations from California, Oregon, Washington State, Australia and New Zealand. There will be a mix of things to consider for the summer as well as reds, which you can also tuck away for the autumn.

“Vines at La Pèira in the Terrasses du Larzac”

“Vines at La Pèira in the Terrasses du Larzac”

To start though we are going to kick off with the Languedoc. More specifically these three wines which are from the eastern stretches of the region, including the Languedoc AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) and its cru villages, which can append their names to the appellation name, Faugères AOP and Saint-Chinian AOP. A number of excellent wines from this area are also classified as IGP (Indication Geographique Protegée).

 

2014 La Pèira – Terrasses du Larzac Obriers de la Pèira.

Robert Dougan and Karine Ahton own this exceptional domaine and they produce one of the great red wines of the Languedoc, simply labelled La Pèira en Damaisela, which has now been joined by a benchmark white of the same name. The red Obriers de la Pèira is a more forward and approachable style and comes from a combination of Cinsault and Carignan, now around half a century old and cultivated organically. It offers copious layers of dark blackberry fruits interwoven with herb spices. Ageing is in older larger wooden vessels to drive the fruit. Full of character and delicious now it will keep well for four or five years. Readers should also consider the second red wine La Flors de La Pèira and a further white Deusyls de La Pèira.

Look for stockists of La Pèira here:

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/la+peira

Label shot La Pèira

Label shot La Pèira

 

Bottle shot La Chapelle de Bebian Blanc

Bottle shot La Chapelle de Bebian Blanc

2014 Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian – Languedoc La Chapelle de Bébian Blanc.

 

This domaine continues to offer some of the finest wines in the Languedoc. La Chapelle de Bebian is the label used for the second wines both red and white. It offers very good value. La Chapelle de Bebian Blanc comes from a blend of Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Clairette and Viognier. The fruit is hand harvested in the early hours of the morning to ensure fresh, crisp flavours. For added complexity the Roussanne and Clairette are fermented in older Burgundy barrels and the wines fine lees regularly stirred in barrel and tank. The result is a wine with subtle floral intensity, restrained and fresh citrus notes and a rich and rounded texture.

Look for stockists of Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian here:

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/prieure+saint+jean+de+bebian

 

 

Bottle shot La Grange Castalides Edition

Bottle shot La Grange Castalides Edition

2014 Prieuré Saint Jean de Bébian – Languedoc La Chapelle de Bébian Blanc.

The cru village of Pézenas has fast established itself as one of the better areas of the Languedoc with a number of very good terroirs. Rolf and Renate Freund purchased Domaine La Grange in 2007 and in a short period they are now producing classy, well-made wines that nevertheless have a real sense of place. The Mediterranean climate is moderated by fresh breezes from the Cévennes and garrigue bushes run alongside the vineyard. Castalides is the label for the top three reds. A Réserve and Icône are also made. Édition comes from Syrah and Grenache. Warm rich and spicy with a ripe, dark fruited Syrah character and a hint of herb spice. Enjoy this over the next five years or so.

Look for stockists of Domaine La Grange here:

http://www.wine-searcher.com/find/domaine+la+grange+languedoc-pezenas

 

Don’t forget all these wines will be included in the new 10th editions of Wine behind the label as well as our new online subscription site.

 

Next week – some gems from Galicia in North-West Spain

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