The region of the Midi (Languedoc-Roussillon) is located around the basin of the Mediterranean. It is the world’s largest wine region and it stretches from Nîmes in the east to the Spanish border in the west and consists of a multitude of quality appellations and amore generic source of good value Vin de Pays. This region is rich in cultural heritage and geography offering a great diversity of wine styles.
The unique concept of terroir and tradition work in harmony with the modern varietal approach and a new wave of young, passionate and dynamic producers have established themselves. In the past this area was infamous for its poorer quality viticulture with over production yielding copious quantities of Vin de Table. This is no longer the case, yields have been significantly reduced and quality is now paramount. Established deep-rooted vines of the traditional indigenous grape varieties such as Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan are grown alongside less traditional ones such as Syrah, Chardonnay and Merlot offering a great diversity of styles and flavours. The breathtaking landscape of sea and mountains, together with the sunny climate and the rich local flavours of Mediterranean food, convey the characteristics of Languedoc’s unique and wonderful wines.
L’ABEILLE, PICPOUL DE PINET
‘Son Terroir, C’est la Mer’ (Its Terroir is the Sea) perhaps one of Picpoul’s best known marketing slogans. Nestling amongst the warm and red-biased appellations of the Languedoc, just a few miles from the Mediterranean coastline, Picpoul de Pinet is an unexpected find, offering a crisp and zesty white wine made from the rare Picpoul grape. Known locally as the ‘Lip Stinger’ for its acidity, the concept of ‘sting’ gave this wine its name of l’Abeille ‘the bee’. The grapes for l’Abeille come from vineyards that overlook the oyster beds that also provide its best culinary partner. So close to the sea that at times it looks like the water is above you, the Picpoul grape draws in a saline, salty note that carries through into the finished wine.
The winemaking is cold and controlled, working hard in a very modern facility,
to retain the delicate aromatics. Our decision to work with a portion of heavy lees was unusual but this, we feel, has contributed texture and an orange
peel note to the wine that sets it apart.
L’Abeille Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc, 2017
WINERY €2.72 HAMBURG £3.12 LONDON £5.31
Zealand winemaking and ensures that the essence of
place and people is reflected in the finished wine.
IMMORTELLE, CÔTES DE ROUSSILLON
Immortelle is a wine of outstanding quality produced within the Roussillon, in the foothills of the Pyrénées. Although the wine varies from vintage to vintage, dependent on conditions, it is a wine that always combines freshness and vitality - a characteristic that stems from the soil and the climate. The climate is hard and extreme, combining the heat of the southern sun with the cold and rain of the mountains and the effects of the Tramontane wind. The vineyard sites are primarily in Tautavel and Latour de France and are principally composed of extremely old vines, many over 100 years old. These are planted with Carignan, Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache Noir with the winemaking extremely simple; hand harvested grapes are fermented in open barrels, with simple punch down of the cap, wetting, pressing and stirring all done by hand. 18 months in 500 litre French and Austrian Demi- Muids. The aim is to avoid power and aggression, instead looking for elegance and balance within the wine. Every vintage is different, so while our philosophy remains the same, the work in the winery is flexible and is adapted to suit each year.
Petite Immortelle Rouge, 2016
WINERY €3.95 HAMBURG £4.13 LONDON £6.74
WINERY €7.86 HAMBURG £8.22 LONDON £11.04
Immortelle, Rivesaltes Grenat, 2016 (50cl)
WINERY €11.43 HAMBURG £11.60 LONDON £13.98