For our Friday Wines in the office today, I’ve picked out the following two wines because they both showed really well at our recent press tasting. They weren’t the only two wines to shine on the day, but among some much more expensive kit I feel they represented superb value for money. They are also both ideal for the nice weather we’re experiencing and come into their own when dining al fresco.
Both hail from France. The white from Gascogne and the red from the d’Oc (Langeuedoc).
This classy white is made by top-class French winemaker Francois Lurton. He works on projects around the world including Mendoza, Colchagua, Languedoc and Rueda. This is one of his latest ventures in Gascony and it is right up there with the most impressive whites we’ve ever listed. It combines the allures of the perfumed intensity of Gros Manseng with a little citrusy, expressive Sauvignon Blanc. Gascony, at its best, produces super crisp whites that are engaging, exciting and superb value for money.
Look for aromas of ripe apricots, quince, wild flowers and a hint of freshly cut grass. The palate it light and zippy but doesn’t lack intensity. The aromatics continue onto the palate with good vigour and you’ll find just a hint of spiciness lacing the finish. All in all this is a cracking white that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or swilled alongside grilled fish, fresh salads and roasted vegetable tartlets.
A very moreish drop indeed!
Clos Saint Georges is crafted from a specific plot of vines situated around the Saint-Étienne-de-Gourgas, in the northern Hérault, which has an enviable altitude tucked away in the hills. The resulting wines have a natural freshness and balance, a rare thing in the sizzling southern French climate.
This is essentially a ‘grower’s special’, focusing on the wine literally from the ground up. We find a patch of vines we like, or several, and then lovingly craft a wine from its fruit. This enables us to present much better, more individualistic wines, with real character for a fraction of the cost of similar fine wine. We think this is the way forward.
What’s it really like? Well… This is one of the most drinkable reds we have. It is soft, juicy, incredibly fresh and screams Languedoc at the top of its voice. A raspberry-scented, morello cherry, liquorice and olive stone flavoured gem. Just like the white I’ve opened today it is MOREISH. Overall it is charming, accessible and jolly good quality.