Jean-Claude Mas The Exquisite Collection Blanquette de Limoux Grande Réserve 2014, AUD $13
Arrogant Frog Ribet Pink Syrah Rosé Pays d’Oc 2016, Languedoc, France AUD $10
Arrogant Frog Ribet Pink Rosé 2015, Languedoc, AUD $10
Vignobles Paul Mas Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Languedoc, AUD $7.99
I recently tasted several of Laurent Delaunay’s latest releases with the man himself.
Marcel Martin Cuvée Mademoiselle Pays d’Oc Rosé, Languedoc 2014 AUD $13 With a light smoked salmon hue with an orange tinge, this dry, savoury, subtle syrah rose is developing dried herb aromas. Lemon-juicy taste, delicate and lingering with a satisfying touch of richness. Great value.
Paul Mas Estate Nicole Vineyard Cabernet Merlot, Languedoc 2013 $15 With a deep purple-red colour and a rustic, south-of-France bouquet which breathes to reveal blackberries as well as leafy, tobacco notes, this is a smooth, accessible red with good intensity and savoury, drying tannins to
Moulin de Gassac Guilhem, Languedoc 2012 $10 A syrah, grenache, carignan, cinsault blend from Guibert family of the famed Mas de Daumas Gassac. This spicy, light-bodied, character-filled red is smooth and balanced, soft and easy drinking. An excellent everyday quaffer with some real personality –
Domaines Astruc dA Limoux Reserve Chardonnay, Languedoc 2011 $16 This is a developed, mature, golden-yellow chardonnay from the south of France for those who hanker after the big, generous, rounded, old-fashioned style of chardonnay. It has satisfying weight, softness and fleshiness. Drink now; don’t keep.
Rosé has an image problem. Think about it. You’ve invited a few friends around for the evening and want to offer them a glass of wine when they arrive. The standard greeting is “What are you drinking, red or white?” If it’s a particularly lavish affair guests might be offered “red, white or sparkling”.