Foncalieu dinner at Quilon
In one sense, Languedoc wines are rather like Minor Royalty, high-spirited and charismatic where the classics are more staid.
At this dinner with Foncalieu, I was inclined to think of them more as mellowing, 50-something punks who still show their disdain for the system but have at least come to a working arrangement with it.
Either way, these wines are characterful and playful but with a strong non-conformist streak.
These are not wines with centuries-long pedigrees and hallowed labels that will appeal to lawyers in their Chambers - but nor are they quite priced as such.
They have all the colourful vibrancy of a gobby attention-seeker, but they also have the charm and credibility to front an ad for consumer product - be it car insurance or English butter.
- the consistently good quality; all the wines were technically well made and interesting, not easily achieved with over 1,000 growers in the co-operative
- the breadth of the range of wines, by colour, variety and sophistication
- the more unusual and unexpected varieties generally showed best, especially an Albarinho and a Roussanne / Grenache Blanc blend
- the attention to detail extends to the packaging, with lots of distinctive bottle shape
The following indies stock Foncalieu's wines:
- Thirsty Cambridge
- Le Bon Vin
- Secret Cellar
- Wine Cellar Club
Languedoc and Minor Royalty