Rosemary George MW – HH&C Pall Mall Tasting

Rosemary George MW shares her thoughts on some of our Languedoc offerings at our recent Pall Mall Winter Tasting.

2020 Racine Picpoul de Pinet, Bruno Lafon & François Chamboissier

from Bruno Lafon and François Chamboissier. Classic Picpoul, with quite soft salty fruit on both nose and palate and a dry finish.

2020 Viognier, IGP Pays d’Oc, Domaine Gayda

Soft peachy nose, and more peachy fruit on the palate, with a bite of acidity, and a touch of oak. Good varietal character.

2020 Racine Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d`Oc, Bruno Lafon & François Chamboissier

Again from Bruno Lafon and François Chamboissier. I had tasted this earlier in the year, with Bruno at his cellars in the Languedoc. With his Burgundian roots, Bruno takes Pinot Noir very seriously. As the price would indicate, this is not a complex wine, but it is a great example of the variety, with fresh easy fruit. Light colour, a fresh red fruit nose, with fragrance and a touch of tannin. Quite light and eminently easy to drink. Delicious. Serve slightly chilled.

2019 Grenache, Domaine Gayda, IGP Pays d`Oc

Medium colour. Ripe cherry fruit on both nose and palate, with some spicy notes. Medium weight. Easy drinking.

2019 Le Mas, Domaine Clavel, Languedoc

Deep colour. Dry spicy nose and palate. Some appealing savoury notes. Medium weight.

2019 Espérance Pic Saint Loup, Château de Valflaunès

It has been a while since I have tasted the wines of Château de Valflaunès, and this was just as good as I remembered them. Rounded spice on the nose, with quite an accessible palate, with some supple tannins, and nicely maturing fruit, making a spicy mouthful of flavour. Medium weight. I liked it a lot. For immediate drinking.

Rosemary George MW on www.rosemary-george-mw.com, 1st Dec 2021
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