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Cuvee du Roy Gascogne White 2022
La Lisse Soie D’ivoire Chenin Blanc 2022
Domaine Vedilhan Serica Viognier 2022
Domaine Mas Barrau Cab Franc 2022
Cahors, Chateau Labarrade 2020
Chateau des Jaume Maury 2020
If France is the powerhouse of world wine, then arguably the South is the powerhouse of France.
With a huge range of climates and soils, from the mountains of the Pyrenees to the sun-baked shores of the Cote d’Azur, the South produces a mind-boggling diversity of grapes, wines styles.
This large area produces just about any style of wine you can think of, from the delicate pinks of Provence, to the strapping traditional reds of Cahors; and from the crisp whites of Gascony, to the quality traditional method sparklers from appellations like Blanquette de Limoux. The South truly is a one stop shop for the wine lover.
It is also a veritable playground for winemakers who face few barriers to what is theoretically possibly somewhere among its myriad terroirs. That’s especially true since the introduction of the ‘Vin de Pays’ classification in 1979 that allowed so much more experimentation. It relaxed the rules about what could be planted and where, and unexpected wine styles began to emerge to stand alongside those from the tradtional appellation contrôlée regions.
Our tasting of six southern French wines spans classic styles and appellations, like a Cahors, the original home of Malbec wines long before Argentina got in on the act. There’s also a crisp white from Gascony, home to ancient, indigenous grape varieties like Gros and Petit Manseng, which are perfect for refreshing and mineral whites. We also taste a Maury, from the garrigue-strewn vineyards of Roussillon. It is famed for fortified wines, but ours is a heady but sophisticated red.
Those could all be considered classic styles of the South, but we’ll look at some of the more interesting new kids on the block too. How about two varieties more commonly associated with the cool river Loire so much further north, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc? We’ll taste examples of each being made on very special terroirs of the south that are perfectly suited to these varieties. Finally, a full-bodied white from the Languedoc that’s a prime example of a famous Rhône variety that is perfectly at home in its warm and sunny conditions: Viogner.
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The tasting is split over two consecutive Thursday evenings. We’ll open three bottles per night, but they’ll drink well through the weekend so nothing will be wasted. And remember: if you cannot join us live for any session, our ‘catch-up’ service allows you to taste along to the recordings at your leisure.
Tasting tickets and wines are purchased separately
The ticket price is per household, not per person
The ticket covers both sessions
After you purchase your ticket, you’ll see a link to buy the wines
We’ll make a recording of each session in case you miss one
You may attend without buying the wines.