Blanc “Excelsium”, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
Exuberant exotic aromas such as passion fruit and pineapple with grapefruit notes. Good attach with a long crisp finish.
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.
Chardonnay “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2015
Very beautiful yellow colour with a discreet gold touch, shimmering with green reflections. The nose opens up onto delicate notes of flowers : lime tree, elder, then some fruits appears : peach, fresh grapes, apple. Mineral in the mouth, it’s filled with fat, adorned with a beautiful liveliness highlighting aromas of white flowers. A wine endowed with finesse and complexity that will perfectly match a seafood platter, dessert and fresh fruit.
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.
Domaine des Jeanne – Rosé, Luberon 2016
Domaine des Jeanne was formed when Welshman Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch was introduced to winemaker Alexandre Samour, whilst sourcing the perfect rosé for his daughter’s wedding in 2011.
The Vineyard in Oppède, in the Luberon region of Provence, is situated between the mountains and the sea, close to the legendary wine-producing commune of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The domaine’s first harvest was in 2012, releasing their first rosé in 2013, named ‘Jeanne’ after his Mervyn’s wife and Alex’s daughter. Jeanne appropriately means ‘divine gift’, and represents the importance of family to both founders.
Lovingly produced from grenache, syrah and clairette grape varieties, its rose petal colour precedes a red and white fruit bouquet highlighted with citrus notes; a well-balanced crisp palate, full of freshness, with a subtle fruity finale.
This wine works well on its own or partnered with fish, spicy foods and lamb. Enjoy over the next couple of years.
L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
Fine and delicate floral notes. Cherries and blackcurrants on the palate with a hint of spice. Enjoy lightly chilled.
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.