Domaine Balliccioni – Orchis 2013 – Clifton Cellars Bristol
If the thought of dry January moves you to tears, dry your eyes, there is an alternative.
Leave the supermarket shelves to the seekers of bland everyday wine and bring a little sunshine in to your January. Orchis is a Faugeres from the Commune of the same name nestled in the shade of the cervenne in the South West of France. Produced in limited quantities by Domain Balliccioni, who expertly blends Grenache and Mourvedre to give a new dimension to these popular staples from the Languedoc.
Faugeres have a tendency to be overcooked and heavy, this glitters with the red fruit lick of the Grenache and the slightly spicy earthiness of the Mourvedre. In the mouth it’s fruity, with hints of dark fruits and delicate spice, full-bodied whilst retaining the freshness often lacking in other wines of this style. A lingering finish gives rise to potential ageing, if you have the patience.
Perfect remedy for January blues, an ideal partner for good old comfort foods such as Sausage and Mash. Equally matched with roasted meats and Lamb.