Blanquette de Limoux Brut Calmel & Joseph
A pale yellow wine with lively, harmonious bubbles and a nose that opens with floral notes, developing after a few seconds in the glass into more fruity aromas dominated by white peach and green apple. On the palate it is creamy and well-balanced, with a pleasantly bitter finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with a meal.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
This wine has a rich nose of ripe blackcurrants and black cherry. The palate is full bodied yet soft and very easy going. Blackberry fruits linger on the palate, whilst soft tannin enable a sense of easy drinking.
Calmel & Joseph – Marselan Villa Blanche, 2015
Deep, dark ruby robe with inky-black hints. Black fruit on the nose, with delightful notes of blackberry, black currant and fig. Intense and full-bodied, with silky tannins, ending with a touch of bigarreau cherries in alcohol. Best matched with red meat and spicy dishes.
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Bright, dense crimson red hue. This vintage is more mature than the 2012 with black and red fruit aromas such as strawberry, blackcurrant and blackberry. It is smooth and fruity on the palate, with a good balance between structure and elegance. Nice silky tannins and a rich, delicious finish with notes of liquorice, spice and herbs. The 2013 is a more complex and substantial wine than previous vintages.
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2012
Ruby-red robe and a pronounced nose of black fruit, fresh figs and prunes. Clean and crisp on the palate, with notes of garrigue scrubland, spices and quince. Fine tannins, ending with a hint of truffle. Well-balanced and elegant, with very good ageing potential.
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson.
“Syrah, Grenache and a bit of Cinsault. Pure delicious red fruit on the nose. Sweet rounded cherry and plum swathed in a sinewy, slightly rugged, leather strap of tannins. The taut refined acidity, that is such a hallmark of Calmel & Joseph, strims through the sweetness of the fruit like a blade, leaving freshness and just a hint of earthy spice in its wake. Just a little Cinsault, and yet it brings it distinctive soprano note into the deeper alto and bass tones of the Syrah and Grenache.”
Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Lightly tropical fruity aromas marry with soft buttery notes. Dry and rounded on the palate with texture, richness and finesse that gives this wine charm and completeness.
Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Deep purple red colour, almost black. The nose is pronounced with hints of ripe red fruits, almost jammy. Cherry, fig and dried plum dominate. The attack is concentrated but soft. Natural sugar envelops soft tannins. Aromas of candied fruits cover the back of the palate. Nice balance and good length.
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Purple-red robe. A very expressive nose that opens with notes of chocolate and spice, followed by citrus fruit and white flower aromas. There are also hints of pure fruit, reminiscent of freshly-picked, crushed grapes. On the palate this is a clean and lively wine with subtle notes of small red berries and scrubland herbs. The tannins are elegant, discreet and well-integrated. The balance and originality of this wine gives it its “cuvée rare” status.
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Soft and elegant with ripe damson fruit character, subtle tannin and a long elegant finish.
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Purple-red robe with ruby hints. The nose opens with light menthol and truffle notes which develop into deeper richer aromas of black olive paste, prunes and figs. The palate is redolent of wild herbs, spice and dried figs. The tannins are elegant and well-integrated. This is a balanced, poised wine that ends on a pleasing mineral note.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
This Sauvignon displays the classic style we all know and love. The nose is fresh and direct, with citrus fruits, fresh cut lime, grapefruit and green peppers. The palate possesses fresh acidity and crisp citrus fruits, alongside melon and lychees. The finish is crisp and lengthy.
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Rich and intense bouquet of blackberries and blackcurrant. The structure is well balanced with luscious dense tannins. Notes of liquorice, peppermint and spices. There is a good mineral end on the back palate.