Viognier Réserve Spéciale, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2011
Peach, apricot and elderflower. Solid example of the variatal, Good (2.5).
Domaine l’Aigle Chardonnay, Limoux, 2011
Perfumed and elegant on the nose. Creamy mouthfeel with nice citrus fruits and vanilla oak finish. Truly excellent value for money (3).
La Vieille Capitelle, Côteaux du Languedoc, 2010
Intense ‘Ribena’ fruits. Soft coating tannin and a vanilla and coffee finish. A solid every day wine suited to most foods (2.5).
Tautavel Arago 21, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautaval, 2009
A little closed at first and grippy, but gave way to a well structured spicy wine with a nice liquorice & dried herb finish. Boozey though (2.5).
Grand Terroir Montpeyroux, Côteaux du Languedoc Montpeyroux, 2010
Savoury, smokey nose. Palate has nice fruit and well integrated oak (2.5).
Château Aigues Vives, Corbières, 2010
Perfumed nose with evident oak. Stewed strawberries on the palate with nice mocha hints (3).
Domaine de l’Aigle Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d’Oc, 2010
Smokey minerality, tight, ripe fruit and great length. Kicks the ass of nearly all the red Burgundy I’ve tried at this price point. Awesome (3).
Domaine de Villemajou, Corbières Boutenac, 2010
Concentrated, rich chocolatey fruit. Well made and fantastically structured; approachable now and will age well (3.5).
Château Laville Bertrou, Minervois-la-Livinière, 2010
Nice meatiness on the nose. Wonderfully fruit forward, yet with great secondary caramel, vanilla oak hints to back it up (3.5).
Château l’Hospitalet ‘Grand Vin’, Côteaux du Languedoc La Clape, 2010
Smokey bonfire/fireplace aromas. Big tannins and rich almost whiskey like peaty flavours. This is a monster rich wine (3.5).
Tautavel ‘Hommage aux Vignerons’, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel, 2010
Cherry Brandy liquor chocolates! Smooth, complex and delicious (4).