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Vinformation – New Organic Provence Rosé, Old Vine Ribera & Terrasses du Larzac Offer

I hope any symptoms of hyperthermia have subsided for those of you that did decide to grab a much anticipated pint during the earlier part of the week! With Italy having plenty of coverage over the last few weeks, today’s Vinformation features some new listings from Spain and southern France.

The Future Looks Rosé

First off the blocks is something to enjoy on an afternoon in the garden before the sun hides away and gives you a timely reminder that it is still only April. A delicious organic Rosé from Côtes de Provence. Domaine Gavoty was my first introduction to Provence rosé back in the early 2000s and set the benchmark pretty high. The estate has been in the Gavoty family for over 200 years and current holder of the reins, Roselyn, took charge in 1985 and is the eighth generation to do so. She has overlooked the Domaine’s conversion to organic farming and become one of the region’s most consistent producers. Soils here are limestone – which give the wines excellent minerality – and whilst the temperatures in high summer can be as hot as 40C in the day, they can drop to 15C in the night which gives the wines great balance and poise.

2020 Recital Organic Rosé, Domaine Gavoty, Côtes de Provence, France @ £11.75 per bottle

“An inviting nose of red berry fruit, peach and touches of lavender. Full of flavour on the palate with plenty of red fruit and good structure. Fresh and slightly savoury on the finish but maintaining that red fruit freshness throughout. This is a wine to bring joy to many an evening soaking up the sun.” JW

That Rivera Touch

And when that sun does disappear then there is nothing finer to warm your cockles than this superb Spanish red. Bodegas Epifanio Rivera was established in 2004 but the family has been growing vines for much longer – prior to making their own wine they used to sell their grapes to Vega Sicilia, Spain’s most prestigious winery. The estate has ancient vines with many over 80 years old which give fabulously concentrated fruit. The Erial Tinto is a much more serious wine than its name suggests as although it doesn’t use the term ‘Crianza’ or ‘Reserva’ it is sourced from vines that are between 30-60 years old and is aged for 10 months in new French oak barrels. This is a robust red that is ideal for hearty stews and ripe cheeses.

2018 Erial Tinto, Bodegas Epifanio Rivera, Ribera del Duero, Spain @ £16 per bottle

“A powerful and pronounced nose of black cherry and liquorice. Full and rich on the palate with fine tannins and excellent length. A super glass of red!” JW

 Les Maros On Offer? You Cannot Be Serres

And finally a super red from one of the rising stars of Terrases du Larzac in the Languedoc. Le Clos du Serres is a 15 hectare Domaine situated 45 miles north west of Montpellier and over looked by the 849 foot high Mont Baudille. This special geographical location, where northern and southern weather patterns meet, gives a particular micro-climate that ensures the wines produced here have a fresh finesse. There can be about 20C difference in temperature here which creates a much slower growing season which allows the grapes to gain more complexity. Soil type is also crucial and the estate boasts 15 different parcels of vines, each with their individual make up that includes schist, sandstone, pebble, shingle and red ruffes. Les Maros is a ‘Leiu-Dit’ (small defined area/vineyard) and is the Domaine’s coolest vineyard. The soil here is schist and the vines planted are Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan and Mourvédre with the former making up 60% of the blend of this vintage. Each variety is vinified separately and then aged for 12 months in concrete tanks which enables the fresh and complex fruit character to shine through. Fans of La Chapelle de Bebian will love this wine and what’s more it’s on offer with a discount of £3 per bottle until the end of the month.

2017 Les Maros, Le Clos du Serres, AOP Terrasses du Larzac – Usual Price £21.50     Offer Price £18.50

“The soft elegance of the Grenache shows through with ripe flavours of blackcurrant, cherry and blackberry. Time in the glass gives the wine more complexity and aromas of chocolate and liquorice. A seriously good wine that is delicious now but will age beautifully.” JW

Hope you find something here to cool you down/warm you up (delete depending on time of day). Have a lovely Sunday and great week. I’m off to continue to try to resist the temptation to crack open a bottle of 2013 Morey St Denis red Burgundy. I will obviously fail.



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