The Beautiful South
Provence - Languedoc - Roussillon 

9th April 2021

This is our nineteenth annual spring offering of wines from the south of France.

We persist because our wine-drinking customers have embraced the value and excitement to be found there, and that encourages us to carry on prospecting.

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We are really excited to introduce the wines of Domaine Pégaline in Pic Saint-Loup to this country (see p.11); we welcome back the splendid Faugères wines of Château de la Liquière (p.12); and we have added prestige Provence rosés from Chateaux Léoube and d’Esclans (p.8).

Last year I noted two trends: for increasing sustainable and organic viticulture; and also for eschewing the use of barrels and preferring to release only unoaked wines. Both of those continue.

There are twenty-two organic wines here; and Pégaline join Mas’d’Agamas and Mas Seren in releasing wines only from tank, concrete or amphora.

The last thing I would draw your attention to is the stunning quality of the wines made from Syrah (or at least 70% Syrah) in the south. These are all terrific: La Combe Saint-Paul’s L’Insoupçonné from La Clape, (p.9) Mas Seren’s Mintaka, from the Cévennes (p.10); Pégaline’s Pic Saint-Loups (p.11); La Liquière’s Cistus from Faugères (p.12); and the Prieuré from Fontanel in Tautavel (p.15).

As fine northern Rhône Syrah has become so much more expensive over the last decade, this is where Syrah lovers should head for the elusive “prix-qualité rapport”

Simon Taylor

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