With summer days come long and lazy summer evenings, the BBQ gently grilling juicy meats, crisp fresh salads full of flavour, the perfect chip, a magnificent Merguez! All things that can make It a challenge to find a wine that can deliver, big and bold is not always best in this situation. Sure, you can go for the usual big Aussie brut, you could even go for something Beaujolais in style, gentle and chilled perhaps? But why not go for something a little more unusual? Southern France is a mecca for such wines, and as usual I’ve taken Just a Quick Slurp to bring you a brace of beauties with which to accompany those late summer grills.
Domaine Madura – La Madura Classic –AOC St Chinian – Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Morvedre- Grape Opportunities £12.50
Domaine Madura offer an amazing twist on the standard GSM blend, ripe berries and a tantalising freshness, coupled with a gentle waft of cocoa. The wines produced from this Domaine in St Chinian are a perfect expression of the terroir. Showing freshness, balance and length. Masterfully created with sympathy to the soil and the environment, pairing perfectly with juicy grilled meats. But great on its own as well.
Mas Peyrolle – Gourmandise – Languedoc – Grenache, Cinsault- Grape Opportunities £11.99
Mas Peyrolle, maverick young winemaker from the Pic St Loup Appellation delivers an excellent BBQ tipple with Gourmandise. Wild garrigue notes and blackcurrant on the nose give way to a wonderful layer of black fruits on the palate, balanced and precise there is a note of liquorice and a fresh burst of acidity. This is one fresh and balanced wine – representative of the microclimate of Pic St Loup and with length, complexity and finesse – pairing perfectly with almost anything you can grill and most of what you can’t. A Classic in the making.
Domaine Balliccioni – Tradition AOP Faugères – Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Syrah – Grape Opportunities £11.99
Domaine Balliccioni continues to re-invent the classic Faugères, Tradition is the perfect BBQ treat. With a nose of black fruits and spice, on the pallet it’s packed with ripe red and black fruits. This wine is fresh and has a great body and length, it’s the perfect match to Entrecote De Bouef and will partner a warm salad de Chevre as effortlessly as it will a Pave de Salmon.
Domaine De Ju – AOP Ventoux – Grenache – £9.99 Averys of Bristol
Produced in the relatively new appellation of Ventoux – the Vineyards over-look the famous Chateau Neuf du Pape are the highest in the Southern Rhone and are perched on the slopes of Mont Ventoux itself. On the nose it’s red fruits, spice and cherry. On the palate it’s the same story, cherry and red fruits and a gentle freshness not usually found in wines in this area. Good length and well-rounded – Perfect summer drinking.
The wines featured are excellent quality – they will pair with the BBQ or on their own are a perfect summers evening tipple, the quality and style represented by the winemakers of Languedoc is causing quite a stir, wave goodbye to those overcooked southern hemisphere styles, and bienvenue nouveau Languedoc! Bon Santé
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