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Grange Des Rocs Picpoul de Pinet 2018 (1x75cl)

Picpoul is an ancient white-wine grape variety of the traditional and prolific Languedoc-Roussillon wine region in southern France. The name Pique-poul translates literally as "stings the lip", and is a reference to the grape's mouthwateringly high acidity.

The Grange des Rocs range is produced from vineyards located along the Mediterranean coast of southern France. Low yields and a ruthless approach to quality control means that behind the label lie some of the best value wines in the Languedoc. They use a cultivation method know as lutte raisonée which means that while they follow many of the principles followed by organic growers they do not wish to be bound by all the restrictions that this can bring.

The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand. Fermentation takes place over 12 - 15 days using a temperature controlled environment in stainless steel vats using carefully selected yeasts. It is then left on its fine lees for 8 months before filtration and fining take place prior to bottling.  While sulphur is used during the bottling process it is not used during the winemaking process.

This wine is 100% Picpoul.

This wine has a light delicate fragrance with floral and fruit aromas as well as a hint of minerality. It is a dry wine which has light and subtle flavours and is best served with seafood and fish or is perfect as an aperitif.

This wine is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans as it was fined using bentonite.

ABV = 12.5%.

£9.70

Leduc Viognier IGP Pays d Oc 2019 (1x75cl)

After harvesting, the grapes undergo an short skin maceration. After a gentle pressing and meticulous settling, the juice is collected and fermented. Ageing takes place in stainless steel tanks.

The Leduc Viognier has a vibrant, luminous colour with green hues. On the nose, peach, apricot and almond aromas prevail with a refreshing yet fruity palate with a smooth and round finish.

100% Viognier.

Excellent with spicy foods, grilled chicken or fish. A great match with sushi and sashimi.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.45

Les Mougeottes Chardonnay IGP Pays d Oc 2019 (1x75cl)

This oaked Chardonnay is from the region to the east of Carcassonne. It is presented with Burgundian packaging, yet has more natural ripeness than a Mâcon and more savoury character than the New World. 

If you are looking for a Burgundian style of white wine for less than a tenner, this is perfect for you!

The start of the 2018 growing season was blighted with frost in mid Spring and then perhaps higher than ideal rainfall but this poor start led into an ideal, long, dry period from late spring through to Harvest. Night harvested by machine in order to limit oxidative stress and maintain freshness. The producer's own comments on the vintage: "we were very happy with our ’18 vintage wines.  The winemakers just had to work a bit harder than usual to find the right quality.

Grown predominantly on calcareous clay soils around the Languedoc's St-Chinian with an average vine age of 40 years old. 

Direct pneumatic pressing followed by racking. 100% of the blend is fermented and aged with medium and med/high-toast French oak staves to produce a rich, buttery, nutty style. No use of malolactic fermentation is employed. The wine is kept on its fine lees for 4 months post-fermentation with regular batonnage to add texture and complexity.

100% Chardonnay.

Residual sugar = 2.9g/litre (ie dry).

It has lemon and vanilla on the nose with a round, fruity body and a hint of vanilla oak character. It has more ripeness than some of its Burgundian counterparts and it has more savouriness than wines that are typical of the New World; it is an intriguing wine that is sure to impress.

This is a highly versatile, lightly-oaked Chardonnay - ideal by the glass - and also fantastic with large/flake flsh, shellfish and white meats. Would also pair well with cream sauces and lightly spiced dishes.

This wine is suitable for begetarians and vegans.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.95
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