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Monday, 23 October 2017

Pays d'Oc Collection 2017

Three wines from the Pays d'Oc Collection 2017

I have long been a fan of the ripe-yet-serious wines of Languedoc - a broad, diverse region, it has multiple variations and nuances. But the key thing you need to know is the wines are, generally, substantial, well-crafted and complex.

Here are three lovely wines from the 2017 Collection; an alluring warm-climate Chardonnay, a substantial and convincing varietal Petit Verdot and a gently-made red blend.
Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Chardonnay 2016 ripe tropical fruits and toasty-oaky nose; pure, substantial and leesy with well-balanced freshness and a mineral backbone. Fault-free with no rough edges.

Good.

Match with meaty fish and roast white meat.

Domaine De Valensac "Entre Nous selon Valensac" 2015 liquorice and dark berries with spice and mocha. Substantial, supple with juicy fruits, freshness and very fine tannins. Very long and mineral.

Needs aeration and will improve with age.

Very Good.

Match with darker game, such as venison or duck.

Domaine du Grand Chemin "Clos Rogé" 2014 S/CS/PV blend; dark berries and bramble fruits with spice, cocoa and a leathery gaminess; light-ish, juicy and supple with fine tannins.

Good.

Match with lighter game, such as guinea fowl or tuna.

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