From the sun drenched wines of St Chinian red and Coteaux du Languedoc rose, through the delicate burgundy white, to the world wide acclaimed gems that are Chateau La Rose Figeac (Pomerol AOC) and Domaine Pichat Cote Rotie (Vallee du Rhone Region), discover the gems and the engaged wine makers that gave those regions their own imprint of authenticity. Enjoy these 5 premium French wines in this beautiful gift box.
Chateau La Rose-Figeac Pomerol Cuvée 2007
The Pomerol region is located 30 km east of Bordeaux. The appellation zone covers only 30 hectares but has one of the most unique and magnificent terroirs, in the world, and produces wines to match. Planted on soils of sandy or clay gravels the underground is rich in iron oxide called the “iron slags” resulting in typical and elegant world class wines.
Property of the Despagne family for more than three centuries, managed today by Nicolas Despagne and his wife Nathalie Chateau La Rose-Figeac is a 5.2 hectares gem vinifying from 60 years old vines composed of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Since 2006 they have opted for an organic approach for their wine growing and winemaking because and I quote :” The wines we make perpetuate the tradition of authentic, natural, alive never fined or filtered, never sterilised nor pasteurised great wines. Made from grapes issued from unique terroirs a bit of sulphite and nothing else.”
Deep brick red colour, the nose opens on a bouquet of fresh berries with hints of spice and flowery touches and finishes on wooden nuances. The palate is complex but balanced with firm and mature tannins. Can be laid down until 2020.
Varieties Blend: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food and wine pairing: pan seared foie gras , bird game
Domain Canet-Vallette Maghani Cuvée 2007
Located in Cessenon-sur-Orb, neighbour to the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park is a rugged land of wines, stones and rugby where the mountains, the winds and the garrigue dictates their laws. Marc Valette owner and wine maker started growing his own vines under his grandfather’s stewardship. He brought his harvest to the communal cellar until 1992 when he decided to create his own domain.
Marc and his wife Sophie have an organic certification for all the aspects of their wine making and domain management since 1999. They have completely engaged themselves in organic because in their own words:” it is too hard to love your land and your country and to destroy it at the same time and most of all because we have to think about the next generation.” Vinifying from Mourvedre, Syrahand Grenache varieties planted on soft, clay and limestone, slopes, the wines of domain Canet Valette reflects their region of production.
Before talking about nose or palate, one thing that one needs to know: Maghani is a long lay down wine. Marc says that this wine is a reflection of himself, that he engaged himself into wine making to produce that kind of gem. Shiny purple robe. The nose initially displays aromas of leather, musk and grilled meat. The mouth is complex with soft silky tannins. Really well balanced wine, Maghani will surely become an educated wine amateur’s favourite.
Blend Varieties: Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre
Food and wine pairing: Game, roasted spicy goose, Coq au vin
Domaine Pichat “Champon” Cote-Rotie Red 2010
Domain Pichat, in the Cote-Rotie appellation region, is part of those terroirs that are so precious and special that each of the different parcel of the domain have been named. Loss, Champon and Les Grands Places are the gems of this world known domain. Covering over 4 hectares Domain Pichat started to make its own wine in 2000. Each of the parcels of the domain is planted on a very specific terroir. The Cuvee Champon 2010 is vinified from grapes issued form the Champon, Cognet and Plomb parcels.
Stephane Pichat owner and winemaker adapts himself and his work methods to the type of soils and terrain of each parcel in order to obtain grapes that are sain and fully mature.
The robe is of a deep garnet red with violet reflections. The nose opens on fragrances of raspberry, currants and red currants with hints of spice and violet and finishes on aromas of vanilla and stone fruits. A round silky soft and ample mouth, with touches of coffee and chocolate, coupled to a fine tannins structure gives to this Cote-Rotie all the harmony, balance and elegance of a world class product.
Varieties Blend: Syrah 98% and 2% Viognier
Food and wine pairing: Red meat, Game, chocolate cake
Mas de Carrat 2009 Cuvée Rosé
Mas de Carrat is located in the village of Saint-Drezery in the Languedoc-Rousillon region on the frontier between the Herault and Gard departments. The Estate of mas de Carrat, property of Sandrine Mialanes lays over 28 hectares and produces wines under the AOC Coteaux-du-Languedoc. Vinifying from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan planted on soft slopes composed of gravely sandstone and gravely and rocky marl offering optimal maturity to the grapes.
Amazing and delicate soft pink robe nuanced by silvery rose petals reflections. The nose opens on flowery scents of peppered peonies and jasmine and finishes on longue notes of acidic red fruits. The mouth is soft, balanced and fresh.
Variety Blend: 60% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah
Food and wine pairing: Grilled rack of Lamb, a strawberry soup or a pissaladiere (caramelised onions and anchovies tart)
Domaine de la Bongran 2004 Cuvée
Family estate since the 15th century, Domaine de la Bongran lies over 15 hectares at the feet of the ‘Coteaux du Quintaine’. Jean Thevenet owner and wine maker vinify wines under the ‘Vire-Clesse AOC’. The soils of domaine de la Bongran: marls of the oxfordian and superior Bathonian limestone, are particularly adapted to grow Chardonnay which is the only variety planted at the domain. The name of domain “Bongran” originates from the words “bons grains“: good grains.
A stunning Burgundian Chardonnay, Jean Thevenet’s nectar displays a light-yellow gold robe. The rich nose opens on floral and orangey aromas and finishes on smoky minerals. At first, the honey attack on the palate may appear somehow sweet but the finish of acidic mineral brings the perfect balance. A real keeper in a cellar(3-4 years) this wine will surprise you even more knowing that it has never seen an oak cask in its ageing process.
Variety Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Food and wine pairing: Grilled fish, Fennel, endives and prawns salad, Citruses soup