Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
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.

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Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2016
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2016
Calmel & Joseph – Chardonnay Villa Blanche, 2016

Tasting Note
Very expressive with white flowers and fruity aromas of apricot and vineyard peach, along with dried fruit and nut overtones. Straightforward, clean, full and well-balanced on the palate, with a fresh and fruity finish revealing mango and citrus overtones. The oak is subtle and very smooth. This vintage shows lovely acidic tension: elegant.

Ageing

Chardonnay are aged for three months in oak barrels (30% of the vintage).

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Calmel & Joseph – Marselan Villa Blanche, 2015
Calmel & Joseph – Marselan Villa Blanche, 2015
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.

Jancis Robinson

16 /20 : Wonderful Languedoc character.

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Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014
Calmel & Joseph – Syrah Villa Blanche, 2014

Tasting Note
Deep purple red colour. This vintage is fresher than the 2013 with aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant, blackbery and spices. The mouth is well balanced, round and fruity. Notes of truffles and gunflint. Tannins are soft with a generous finish of spices. Very nice balance on this vintage clearly elegant.

Ageing
10% of the wine is aged for three months in oak barrels of 2 vintages. The remaining 90% is raised in tanks on fine lees.

 

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Gold Medal

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Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2016
Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2016
Calmel & Joseph – Vieux Carignan, IGP Côtes du Brian, 2016

Tasting Note
Ruby red robe with highlights. 2014 was a good, sunny vintage. On the nose, this wine has aromas of fig and garrigue herbs typical of ancient Carignan vines grown on hillsides. The palate is delicate, with a fine balance between taste and tannins, suppleness and acidity. A wonderfully rich, elegant example of this Languedoc grape variety.

 

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Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2016
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2016
Calmel & Joseph, Corbières, 2016

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.”

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Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Chardonnay, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
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.

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Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Côtes du Roussillon Villages AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
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.

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La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2013
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2013
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.

Terroir

Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.

Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon

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Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016

Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2015
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.

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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2013

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015

Blend of low yielding, organic Syrah & Grenache vines, with instant red and black fruit appeal. Enjoy with moderation!

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Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph

Tasting Note
A clean, bright appearance, with the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus fruit (kiwi) and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a certain iodine/saline character. A Picpoul de Pinet that could grace a dining table or be enjoyed as an aperitif, with seafood or cheese.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 15 / 20 : Crisp and clean, melon and papaya!

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Tasting Note
This wine is made from a blend of grapes, 70% of which come from vines planted on a clay-limestone soil and 30% from vines planted on schist. Deep red hue. Intense on the nose with harmonious ripe aromas: cherries mingling with plums and slightly peaty notes. It is clean and straightforward on the palate with a nice hint of bitterness which lifts the finish which has an iodized touch. The wine is tauter than the preceding vintage. Lovely overall balance and a gorgeous tannic grain. A lovely vintage best appreciated in the next 7-8 years.

 

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Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Sauvignon “Grain d’Automne” Pay’s d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016

This wine is sourced from vineyards near the town of Beziers. Very fresh grassy Sauvignon grape character. Full rich flavour with good acidity.

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Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016

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.

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Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Tasting Note
Ruby-red hue. The nose is as remarkable as ever with pronounced fruity notes of blackcurrant, elderberry and a hint of fruit cake. Slightly woody and liquorice-like aromas then start to come through. On entry to the palate, the wine is clean, with a silky elegance and good balance. The 2014 preserves the characteristic style and attractive personality of the previous vintages. There are notes of menthol and spice on the palate, while the Mourvèdre provides a strong typical character and a nice complexity to the whole. A beautiful vintage with good cellar-ageing potential.

 

Ageing

12 months in oak barrels (30 % new wood, 40 % barrels used for one vintage, 30% barrels used for two vintages).

 

Jancis Robinson 2016

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