Wine Club Boxes "Two Brits in the Languedoc" - a.k.a. Brit Pack six pack.
Deep in the hills of Limoux, just south of Carcassonne, by complete coincidence, two wine loving Brits have set up camp just a few miles apart.
James Kinglake, and his wife Catherine, bought Domaine Begude, (curiously, from another Brit; Bertie Eden, of Chateau Maris fame) in 2003. They love their Burgundies but the Cote d’Or was out of their price range so they looked south. Unlike further east, in the Languedoc proper, Limoux, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, benefits from a marginal, cooling Atlantic influence making it suitable for growing noble, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They converted to organic and the wines, much admired by Jancis Robinson, have been getting better and better.
Over the hill at Domaine Gayda, Tim Ford, after a career growing flowers in Africa, likes it hot, so concentrated on the more traditional Languedoc varieties of Syrah, Grenache Noir, Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Gayda has vineyards scattered across Roussillon and into, sought after, Minervois La Livinière. The entry level Flying Solo rouge and blanc represent the best value French wines we’ve come across for years. All the Gayda wines are sustainably produced and in conversion to organic. The top end Freestyle and Chemin de Moscou ranges (also available) are already certified.
Domaine Begude Pino Noir rosé - Classic, bone dry, French rose. Immediate pressing (hence the pale colour) followed by cool-fermented in stainless steel tank gives a delicate & refined rosé refined with hints of wild strawberry & cranberry. Perfect as an aperitif and with tapas and light meals.
Domaine Begude Sauvignon Blanc - Understated and classy Sauvignon. All the classic gooseberry & grassy nose with zesty lime and grapefruit on the palette. Super fresh aperitif wine- savour also with oysters, lovely green asparagus & butter or with young goats cheese.
Domaine Begude Chardonnay Terroir - Part barrel fermented for a touch of oak but mainly cold fermented topreserve the zesty citrus freshness and apple and pear notes. Fine structure & pleasing minerality - similar to a good Chablis at a fraction of the price. My favourite Begude wine.
Domaine Begude Pinot Noir - Gentle and approachable Pinot Noir - impossible not to like. Tiny amount of oak, maximum cherry and raspberry fruit - and more fruit. Try with duck, poultry or lightly chilled with summer lunches. The previous vintage was a Jancis Robinson wine of the week. Great value for a good Pinot Noir.
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Blanc – Named in homage to the intrepid pre-WW2 French postal pilots. 85% Grenache Blanc, 15% Viognier. An aromatic, fruit driven wine with citrus notes on the nose. A rich palate, round and fruity, offering a distinct freshness.
Domaine Gayda Flying Solo Rouge – made from grapes (60% Grenache / 40% Syrah) grown on the limestone plateau above Minervois. The Grenache gives an explosion of fresh summer fruits on the nose, soft tannins, smooth and fruity palate. Medium bodied and fresh, slightly peppery, Syrah finish. One of our house wines - great value. A lovely and pleasurable glass of wine.
Price - £56.20 (10% discount on individual bottle prices)
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