18.08.11

Allow Us To Introduce To You...

…Alain Grignon's winemaker and right-hand-man, Xavier Roger, originally from the Loire. The dynamic duo is often spotted in vineyards across the Languedoc and Gascogne regions in search of the right grapes for a particular style they have in mind.

Sensas Sauvignon Blanc 2010, PGI Côtes de Gascogne     RRP £7.49, Majestic

Rumour has it that 'Sensas' is named following Alain's declaration "Mon Dieu - c'est sensationnel!" on first tasting this Sauvignon Blanc which has benefited from Xavier's Sancerre upbringing.

The grapes were selected from chalky clay soil vineyards to the west of Toulouse in the heart of the Gers (Gascogne), where Alain and Xavier agree the cool nights and hot days bring out the varietal's hallmark intense flavours.  Harvesting took place at night, when the grapes were at their coolest, and the fruit was skin-contact macerated at 6oC over 24 hours for a prolonged lees contact. The juice was then kept in stainless steel at 0oC over 40 days before a final maturation on the fine lees at -2oC prior to bottling.

Montgravet Cabernet Merlot 2010, Vin de France              RRP £4.99, Waitrose

After the success of the Burgundy-inspired Montgravet unoaked Chardonnay, Xavier and Alain have been working to produce a Bordeaux-style red partner.  The result is a 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot blend produced using grapes from vineyards around the village of Cruzy where the slightly cooler climate makes for lower yielding vines, in turn giving a better fruit character without any 'jammy' high alcohol levels.

After de-stemming and crushing, the grapes underwent a long maceration.  Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 28oC over 30 days, and Alain and Xavier opted to macerate a quarter of the Cabernet Sauvignon with French oak staves to bring a touch of Bordeaux-esque vanilla toastiness and structure to the final wine.

For further information, please contact Ali / 020 8747 9592