18.08.17

A Trio Of Southern French Duos To Try

Press Release

A Trio Of Southern French Duos To Try

Exploring the rolling vineyards of the Pays d’Oc is second nature to Southern French specialist LGI - as this Duo range, which blends indigenous and international varieties, demonstrates.

 

Duo des Mers Sauvignon Viognier, Vin de France 2016 - RRP £6.25, The Wine Society

“This is the perfect combination of two varieties from two coastal regions,” says Head Winemaker Xavier Roger.  “Gascony, where we find the Sauvignon Blanc, is influenced by a cooling Atlantic sea breeze, warm days, cool nights and sandy slopes - all of which helps the fruit develop a fresh, aromatic character.  The warmer temperatures of the Mediterranean-influenced Languedoc give the Viognier grapes a luscious, full-fruit flavour.”

The 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Viognier grapes are picked relatively early in the harvest and at night to take advantage of the fruit’s high aromatic potential.  This is followed by pressing in an inert environment to prevent oxidation of the subtle aromatics; the must then ferments at a low temperature, in stainless steel, to create a crisp, fresh wine.

 

Duo des Plages Cinsault Grenache, Vin de France 2016 - RRP £6.50, The Wine Society

Xavier turns to the heart of the Languedoc, and to Cinsault and Grenache, for this rosé.  “The Pyrenées and Cévennes mountains in the north shelter the region, allowing the hot, dry summers of the Mediterranean to fully mature the grapes.  Cinsault adds freshness, and Grenache gives fruity aromatics - the perfect pair for a refreshing rosé.”

The harvest of the Cinsault (60%) and Grenache (40%) takes place at night to prevent oxidation before the grapes are gently pressed and the resulting must is cooled quickly.  Fermentation takes place at a low temperature in order to preserve the fresh fruit aromas, after which the wine is left ‘sur lie’ for 3 weeks, with occasional stirring, which adds complexity and depth of flavour to the wine.

 

Duo du Midi Malbec Cabernet Franc, Vin de France 2016 - RRP £6.25, The Wine Society

As the name would suggest, the patchwork of vineyards throughout the Pays d’Oc provide ample choice for picking parcels of Malbec and Cabernet Franc for this red.  The different climate, exposure, relief and soil contribute to varying expressions of the two varieties.

After de-stemming, the 50% Malbec and 50% Cabernet Franc undergo a ten-week maceration in order to enhance maximum varietal character, and give structure and supple tannins to the wine. 

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Date of issue:  1 August 2017

Further information:  emma wellings pr  020 8996 5168  jessica@ew-pr.co.uk