Something Old, Something New from Alain Grignon Wines

"Why look further afield when everything I need to make great wine is right here in my homeland!" says Alain Grignon.  And we think you'll agree once you've tasted the "best yet" vintage of a tried and trusted favourite, and a new addition to the Southern French portfolio which takes its inspiration from Burgundy.


Cuvée de Richard Red 2011 PGI Pays d'Aude - Majestic, RRP £5.29

Cuvée de Richard has been flying the flag for Alain Grignon's brilliantly priced classic-yet-contemporary wines for the last 13 years.  Alain believes that this latest 2011 release is not only as full of Southern French flavour as its predecessors, but is the best vintage yet.

"The year started out quite normally," comments Grignon, "but then the Indian summer came and has, I believe, given us an absolutely fantastique wine.  The heat of the last days before harvest really helped the ripeness of the grapes, while the colder nights of the season ensured the aromas are bright and fruity."

Cuvée de Richard is a blend of traditional Languedoc varietals Grenache and Carignan with a soupçon of Merlot.  The grapes were selected from vineyards in the Vin de Pays de l'Herault where the soils are poor and dry, keeping yields low and resulting in deep fruit concentration and soft flavours.

Harvesting began in mid-September and the fruit underwent a cold maceration over ten days.  Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26oC over eight days, with gentle pumping-over to ensure maximum extraction of the grapes' fresh aromas.  The finished wine was aged in tank for five months, and bottled earlier than is usual for this region to give a lighter style and smooth tannins.

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When Alain and his Head Winemaker Xavier Roger decided to make a Burgundian style white, they knew exactly where to find the grapes they needed: vineyards on the higher altitude valley slopes (hence the name of the wine) near Argeliers - one of the only winegrowing areas in the Languedoc with pebbly soils.  The stones retain the heat of the day throughout the night, giving the apricot and vanilla flavours Alain and Xavier were looking for in the finished wine.

After night harvesting, the crop was pneumatically pressed to extract only the best quality juice.  The alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks - with around a third having oak staves - and the final blend then rested in French oak for three months before bottling.

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