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September 2011 Tasting Notes - Wines of Southern France

By Mark Ryan, Great Northern Wines, Ripon

Domaine de Lauriers, Picpoul de Pinet, Coteaux de Languedoc - 2010

 France  Picpoul - 12.5%
£9.99
Fresh, racy, dry - the "muscadet of the south"
Domaine de Petit Chaumont, Gris de Gris, Vin de Sables - 2010

 France  Grenache gris + grenache noir
£10.99
Very pale, fresh, oaky rosé
Domaine de Rimauresq, Cotes de Provence - 2007

 France  Caberbet sauvignon + Syrah - 14%
£13.99
Smooth, fruity, cherry, blackberry, svelte, subtle tang in mouth, cedarwood. Certified organic. Vineyard given Grand Cru classification since 1955. Will age 5+ years.
Chateau Saint Roches, Chimieres - 2008

 France  Grenache + Carignan + Syrah - 14.5%
£8.99
Dark purple, fairly rounded, excellent body, robust. From Cotes du Roussillon
Mas Champart St Chinian "Clos d'Arbo" - 2007

 France  Mouvedre - 13.5%
£9.99
Lots of fruit, needs warming, bramble, meaty edge.
Domaine des Jougla, Initiale, St Chinian - 2007

 France  Mouvedre + Syrah + Grenache- 13.5%
£12.99
Dusty spice on palate, leather, chocolate, herbaceous. Will age for 10+ years