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Vineyards close to the sea, Languedoc

Vineyards close to the sea, Languedoc

Don’t quite know how I’m going to fit an overview of the diversity and qualities inherent in the French Vins de Pays and the dozens of minor AOCs into a 100 or so words. Suffice to say that this is the part of the list that manages to be home to both the quirkily niche and the more contemporary, varietal led, weekday wines. This is the place to look if you’re after a dry Jurancon or a well priced Merlot.

This is where a large chunk of the shops income derives and many of our best sellers are to be found on these shelves. We sell an obscene amount of Picpoul de Pinet- the classic dry white of the Languedoc and you are probably familiar with the Spacecat wines of La Felicette: The Southern French Grenache specialist. If you have somehow let these pass you buy, the red is a medium weight, soft and gently fruited mid-week pizza lubricant. The white is rather full bodied, with a spicy, oily, green olive character.

I also have to mention the wines of Boulevard Napoleon in Minervois: pound for pound among the very finest wines I have drunk. The carignan is a truly exceptional wine, which manages the nifty trick of tasting both expensive and subtle