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Friday, 1 July 2016

Coquille d'Oc (aka Cocky Dog)

Three wines from Domaine Sainte Rose in Languedoc, available at Waitrose

It's hardly new news that Languedoc is a great source of well-made, characterful and good value wines.

Domaine Sainte Rose is a family owned and run boutique winery near Servian just outside Beziers.

Owners Charles and Ruth Simpson believe in making beautifully crafted wine in the old world using new world methods.

I tried three of their wines; all are classy, adept and thoroughly enjoyable. And good value, too.

Domaine de Sainte Rose Coquille d’Oc Blanc 2014 - IGP Pays d'Oc 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Viognier, 5% Muscat, £7.49

Aromatic and floral with citrus and stone fruit; rich, fat and aromatic; leesy and mineral. Multi-faceted and adept

Domaine de Sainte Rose Coquille d’Oc Rosé 2015 - IGP Pays d'Oc 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 20% Merlot, 10% Grenache, £7.49

Watermelon and soft red fruits; substantial, mineral and precise.

Domaine de Sainte Rose Barrel Selection Roussanne 2013 - IGP Pays d'Oc 100% Roussanne, £11.99

Toasty-oaky with sweet spices and waxy-fat floral citrus fruits, creamy-nutty. Complex.

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