29.04.13

Pierres Bordes & Cuvée Chasseur - Hunt Out LGI's Southern French Flair

As LGI's Head Winemaker, Xavier Roger spends many, many hours travelling through the Languedoc landscape to seek out specific terroirs that - when matched with particular varieties - produce wines with Southern French flair at fabulous price points. Here are two examples…

 

Les Pierres Bordes Marsanne Viognier 2012, IGP Pays d'Oc                  ABV 12.5%

RRP £5.50, The Wine Society

Known as a classic Southern Rhône blend, this Marsanne Viognier white is in fact made from grapes grown in the heart of the Languedoc, along the Minervois / Saint Chinian border.

 

Xavier Roger sourced the 70% Marsanne grapes from vineyards on chalky-clay soils around the small village of Cébazan near St Chinian, while the 30% Viognier came from a terroir of pebbles and limestone - very similar to that of the Southern Rhône - near Argeliers.

 

Only the best plots were harvested and after six hours' skin contact, the grapes were pneumatically pressed.  The juice was then fermented at a low temperature in stainless steel tanks to retain as many of the grapes' primary fruit flavours as possible.  Ageing was on the fine lees over several months.

 

Completely unoaked, this white has a delicious smoothness from the Marsanne and fabulous tropical fruit notes from the Viognier.  Bright golden yellow in colour, there are aromas of peach and apricot on the nose and a definite minerality.  On the palate, there is a zesty and refreshing acidity which make this wine perfect as an aperitif, or delicious served with seafood.

 

 

 

Cuvée Chasseur Red 2012, Vin de France                                       ABV 12%

RRP £4.79, Waitrose

Xavier has hunted down the perfect blend for this true taste of the South of France: 60% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 10% Merlot.  The grapes were selected from older vines (up to 40 years) planted on naturally poor, dry and low yielding soils between Béziers and Carcassonne.

 

Harvesting took place at the coolest part of the day for optimum ripeness, and the grapes underwent a short cold maceration in order to ensure the varietals' fine aromatics were carried through to the finished wine.  Fermentation took place at 23oC in stainless steel over 21 days, and ageing was in tank to preserve the fresh, fruity style of this wine.

 

Ruby red in colour, Cuvée Chasseur's nose is fresh and upfront.  The palate is dominated by red fruit flavours with hints of 'garrigue' and subtle tannins for an easy-drinking wine.  Delicious on its own or with all manner of dishes, from chicken through to BBQ'd lamb.

Further information - Ali at ewpr / 020 8747 9592