Saturday, 15 October 2016
Château Haut Gléon - Corbières
Les Vignobles Foncalieu’s premium Château Haut Gléon range from Corbières
Les Vignobles Foncalieu is a Languedoc-based co-operative dating back to 1901; in 2012, they bought the Château Haut Gléon estate - 35 hectares of vines situated in Paradise valley in Corbières
Foncalieu's wines can be characterised as well-made and classy, crowd-pleasingly enjoyable and well-packaged.
These two Haut Gléon wines, with their clavelin-style bottles, are more of the same - plus ambition. Both benefit from some aeration and will also repay a few years' cellaring.
Chateau Haut Gléon Blanc 2014 (£19.99, independents) 60% Roussanne, 40% Grenache Blanc; ripe orchard fruits with yellow flowers and sweet spices; fresh with layers of complex oak.
Match with roast fowl or creamy mushroom dishes.
Chateau Haut Gléon Rouge 2013 (£18.99 independents) 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 15% Carignan; dark fruits, sweet spices and coffee. Fresh, plump and supple with fine, ripe tannins.
Match with roasted red meat.
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