LGI Harnesses Southern French Character In New Duo des Mers

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LGI Harnesses Southern French Character In New 'Duo Des Mers'

Duo des Mers 2013 is the latest release from southern French specialist LGI, and is a sunshine-inducing blend of Sauvignon Blanc from Atlantic-influenced Gascony and Viognier from Mediterranean-influenced Languedoc.

Chief Winemaker Xavier Roger joined LGI in 2001, and has just stepped into recently retired Alain Grignon's shoes as Managing Director.  "We've been producing single varietal Sauvignon Blancs and Viogniers for a number of years," he says, "but then we blended the two, and combined Gascony and the Languedoc, to truly put the South of France in a bottle."

Loire-born Xavier has long favoured Gascony for Sauvignon Blanc: he believes that the Atlantic breezes, warm days and cool nights and sandy slopes bring out the varietal's fresh, aromatic character.  Meanwhile, Xavier sources the Viognier from vineyards around Argeliers in the Languedoc, where the heat-retaining Galets Roulés - stony pebbles - and the warmer temperatures give grapes with full, exotic fruit flavours.

Duo des Mers, Vin de France 2013                                                             RRP £6.50, The Wine Society

The 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Viognier grapes were picked relatively early in the harvest in order to take advantage of the fruit's high aromatic potential and resultant fresh style.  Harvesting took place at night in both regions and pressing was carried out in an inert atmosphere - both steps taken to prevent oxidation - while fermentation was in stainless steel at c. 17oC.

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