Domaine du Joncas
I’ve blogged about Domaine du Joncas before but not for a while, and so the Independent Winegrowers tasting was a great opportunity for an update, on what to my mind is one of the rising stars of Montpeyroux.
2014 Mont Baudile, Blanc, Canta – 19.00€
The grape variety is Riesling, which Pascal informed me has been allowed in the Languedoc since 2008. He doesn’t know of anyone else making a pure Riesling. Jean-Louis Denois at Domaine de l’Aigle in Limoux used to make a tiny quantity of Riesling back in the 1990s, but he fell foul of the powers that be of the INAO. More recently I’ve only ever come across it as a very small part of a blend. This is certainly intriguing, not your classic Riesling, but with some honeyed notes on the nose and palate, and good acidity, with a certain texture on the palate.
2013 Languedoc Rosé, Nèbla – 9.00€
Grenache and Syrah. Pressurage direct. Quite a vivid colour with some fresh fruit on the nose. Very intense raspberry fruit on the palate. Ripe and vinous.
2013 Montpeyroux, Joia – 12.50€
Grenache, Syrah and Cinsaut. Smokey lightly leathery nose. Quite a fresh ripe palate, with red fruit. Medium weight and elegant. A lovely glass of wine.
2013 Terrasses du Larzac, Nèbla – 10.00€
Mourvèdre is the main variety, with Syrah and Grenache. One third of the wine goes into seven year old barrels. It is sturdier than the Joia, with a hint of wood, with quite firm fruit, but again with the same elegance. Nicely crafted.
2013 Terrasses du Larzac, Obra – 25€
A blend of Syrah and Grenache, aged in stainless steel tank, concrete egg and oak barrel, a small foudre. Quite a firm nose, with ripe fruit, and supple tannins. Nicely structured and beautifully balanced. Very satisfying.
And talking of Montpeyroux – a diary date. The open cellars day in the village is well worth a visit as all the wine growers take part and you can wander round the village glass in hand with a choice of some twenty cellars. This year the date is Sunday 19th April. See you there.