Southern French Sun From LGI

Southern French Sun From LGI

Feeling the chill?  Luckily LGI's winemaker Xavier Roger has bottled some Southern French sun for you this winter.

Domaine Raynier 2012, AOP Saint Chinian                   RRP £5.75, The Wine Society

Xavier sourced the 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache Noir grapes for this red from a group of growers in the south of the appellation, whose vines are planted on dry, chalky soils and goblet trained - perfect for the grapes' maturation as the fruit is well distributed and gains maximum exposure to the sun.  The grapes were hand-picked and sorted in the vineyard, with special care taken to harvest perfectly ripe berries.  The wine underwent a month's maturation in concrete tanks with frequent pumpovers, particularly during fermentation, and no oak was used to ensure crystal clear fruit flavours in the finished product.

Cournon Lafleur Malbec Pays d'Oc 2012, PGI            RRP £7.99, Majestic

More usually found in Cahors in the South West of France, the Malbec for this wine was sourced from the relatively cool area of Limoux where the vines benefit from Mediterranean sun and breezes, giving fresh fruit aromas and high quality tannins.  Grapes were picked in mid-September and, after crushing and de-stemming, underwent a three week maceration with regular pumping over during the first ten days.  A small portion was aged with oak staves to bring extra backbone and texture to the finished wine.

Further information: emma wellings pr - 020 8747 9592 / Ali