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Mas d’Espanet Pinot Noir 2016

This is a good quality pinot noir from an unlikely place, namely the warm Languedoc and the Cevennes IGP in particular.  I can’t recall previously seeing this IGP.  I read that it sits in the northern, more mountainous part of the Languedoc, a region that is diverse but more grenache, syrah and carignan country.  In the glass, the wine has correct varietal pinot noir aromas of intense and brooding rhubarb and sweet red berries.  The palate reminds of glace cherry, ripe strawberry and spice and there is medium length on the finish.  This brooding wine is ready to drink now and provides good value drinking.  Rating: Good.  Abv: NA. Price: $34. Website: NA. Reviewed: May 2020.

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Château Paul Mas Languedoc 2018

From the Languedoc in the south of France, this is a delicious wine that enormously over delivers at $21. It appeals as a crossover style with new world style ripe fruit built on a savoury old world structure. The wine opens to aromas of cracked pepper, rich spicy dark fruit and coconut. The palate is full bodied, has soft tannins and a savoury lilt. Ready to drink now, this is a great value wine. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5. Price: $21. Website: http://www.paulmas.com/en/domains/chateau-paul-mas/. Source: Sample. Reviewed: April 2020.

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Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou Pays d’Oc 2014

A blend of syrah (60%), grenache (35%) and cinsault (5%), this is a moreish and enjoyable Vin de Pays d’Oc from the Languedoc region in the south of France. It’s a “vin biologique” too, i.e. organic. In the glass, it is fruity, yet also earthy and savoury. The palate is medium-full bodied, fruity and a touch of tannin. This is very much a high quality Vin de Pays wine. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $68. Source: Sample.

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Gérard Bertrand Cote de Roses Rosé 2016

This is a moreish rosé from Gérard Bertrand from the Languedoc in the south of France. A typical and regional blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah, it has saline and spicy aromatics. The palate is medium-full bodied and has fresh acidity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $26. Source: Sample.

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Domaine Guinand Languedoc 2014

This is a lovely blend of shiraz and carignan from Domaine Guinand in the Languedoc in southern France.  It’s very typical of the region too, with its aromatics of roses, wild florals and fresh cherries.  The palate is full bodied and very much in balance.  (Alc: 14.5%, Region: Languedoc, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2024, Tasted: Mar, 2017, Source: Sample)

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Château d’Anglès La Clape Blanc 2010

First, a confession: I really enjoy southern Rhône style whites.  This wine is from Château d’Anglès from the La Clape appellation which is actually further south in the Languedoc, but the principle remains the same.  It’s a blend of bourboulenc (50%), white grenache (30%), roussanne (10%) and marsanne (10%).  Bourboulenc you say?  Yes, it’s a Provençal variety that is late ripening and retains its acidity well.  It can even be found here in Australia, although there’s less than one hectare of it!  It is usually not dominant in white blends in southern France, except in La Clape, which is of course where this wine is from.  In the glass, the 2010 vintage from Château d’Anglès has aromas of honey, straw and rock salt.  The palate is full bodied with good length and refreshing acidity.  This is a balanced and enjoyable white wine that will suit seafood.

Rating: Good to Very Good
Abv: 14%
Price: $32.50 ($29.25 in dozen)
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://bordeauxandbeyond.com
Tasted: 2016

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Chateau D’Anglès Grand Vin Rouge 2008

The appellation of La Clape is situated within the wider Languedoc region on the Mediterranean coastal ranges near Narbonne.  The region experiences very high average annual sunshine hours, and the elevations are up to 200 metres.  It is well suited to syrah, grenache and mourvedre style wines, and the 2008 grand vin rouge here from Chateau d’Anglès is a blend of 55% mourvedre, 30% syrah, 10% grenache and, if you are still counting, the balance carignan.  The estate itself also has some pedigree, being taken over in 2002 by the Fabre family (Eric Fabre was a technical director at Lafite Rothschild for some years).  In the glass, this wine benefits from a decent decant (suggestion: at least an hour).  It has aromatics of spices, meats and baked plums, with some wild fruited character from the carignan.  Unmistakably southern French and savoury in style, the palate is spicy and meaty with good length and proves a really enjoyable release.

Rating: Good
Abv: 14.5%
Price: $49.50 ($44.55 per dozen)
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://bordeauxandbeyond.com
Tasted: 2016

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Devois de Perret Languedoc 2011

Devois de Perret is another very good import from Ce Soir Wine.  A blend of 40% syrah, 30% grenache and 30% mourvedre, it has aromatics of wild plums, red currants and deli meats.  The palate has a moreish character, with some chalky texture and spice supplementing the plum, redcurrant and prosciutto flavours.  A combination of balance, suggestions of complexity and a savoury moreishness resulted in my glass disappearing rather quickly.  
Rating: Good, Abv: 13%, Price: $25, Source: sample, Vendors: http://www.cesoirwine.com, Website: n/a, Tasted: 2014