Tag: South of France

Domaine Gayda Figure Libre Freestyle Vin de Pays d’Oc 2015

The picture shows the 2016 vintage.  The 2015 vintage is reviewed here.

This is another interesting Vin de Pays d’Oc from the south of France.  Organically grown, it is a blend of 40% syrah, 40% grenache, 10% carignan and 10% mourvèdre sourced variously from Roussillon, Corbières and La Livinière and is a deep purple in the glass.  The wine opens to aromatics of pepper and spice, but mostly spice.  The underlying fruit is ripe, fresh and fruity.  The palate is full bodied and the length and savoury balance satisfying.   Rating: Good. Abv: 14%. Price: N/A. Source: Sample.

Saint Andrieu L’Oratoire Provence Rosé 2015

A perfect foil for fresh Barramundi and a side of salad overlooking the water, this is a lovely and typical Provençal rosé from Saint Andrieu.  A blend of grenache, syrah and cinsault, it has a fresh aromas of peaches.  The palate has good length and a lovely balance.  Top quality rosé here.  (Region: Provence, South of France, Rating: Good to Very Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now, Tasted: July, 2017)

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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

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

Élodie Les Tongs Vin de Pays du Var 2014

This rosé from Domaine de Cantarelle is a Vin de Pays du Var, which becomes Var IGP (an indication géographique protegée) as of 2014, and is situated in the south of France 50 kilometres from beautiful Aix-en-Provence.  There’s a really interesting wine education here just decoding a few label terms!  The rosé is a blend of syrah and cinsault and the estate itself is located 310 metres above sea level in hilly surrounds.  A pale salmon pink in the glass, this lighter style of rosé has typical regional rosé characters of roses, florals and strawberries.

Rating: Good
Abv: 12%
Price: $24.90
Source: sample
Vendors and website: http://discovervin.com.au
Tasted: 2016