A wine tour of Languedoc – whites

In a 14-day whistle-stop tour of the wines of Languedoc, guest poster Ollie Taylor selflessly imbibed an array of the best, affordable bottles the region has to offer. Here, in the first instalment of a two-part series, Ollie reviews white wines from Languedoc, plus a few from the rest of France, he knocked back over his two week break. Most of the wines will set you back around €10, give or take a few Euros, and are available from major supermarkets, such as Carrefour and Casino, or specialist wine shops like Nicolas.

La Gravette, 2010, 13%

A dry white, this is both light yet rounded, perfect as an aperitif or enjoyed with a fish starter.

Saint-Veran, 2009, 13%

Made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes, this wine retains a light yet strong lemon flavour. Either enjoy with good fish or on its own.

Montagny 1er Cru, Vignerons de Buxy, 2008, 13%

You can’t really go wrong with Burgundy as it’s so light. Enjoyable on its own on a hot day by the pool, with smoked salmon, or if you’re feeling a bit decadent, some foie gras. It’s light, floral and surprisingly full flavoured.

Montbazillac, 2010, 13%

This was actually a complete stab in the dark as we thought we were buying something else, but it surprised us with its quality considering its youth. Although not strictly a dessert wine, it is perfect at the end of the meal, or even on its own with some biscotti. Sweet, due to its hybrid Muscadelle grape blend, it is rich, yet delicate and refreshing.

Costieres de Nimes, Gallician, 2011, 13%

A stylish white from Roussanne, this wine has a very floral bouquet. Perfect with seafood.

Laboure-Roi, Pouilly Fuisse, 2010, 13%

A delicate Burgundy with crisp acidity and fresh citrus, the quality Chardonnay grape makes this perfect for seafood or cheese dishes.

Chateau de Lancyre, La Rouviere, 2011, 13.5%

Apricot, peach, hazel and honey are the chief flavours in this delightful white. It’s creamy texture makes it highly enjoyable on its own, but with food, head towards light dining as it could easily be overpowered by a heavy meal.

Chateau de Lancyre (rose), Pic Saint Loup, 2011, 13.5%

This rose was surprising in its quality, although the Chateau de Lancyre label should have alerted us to its merits. Roses are usually dismissed by serious wine drinkers due to their haven in wine bar society. This Lancyre is very fruity, though not overpoweringly so, floral, and serves perfectly as an aperitif.

Costieres de Nimes (rose), 2010, 13%

Not dissimilar from the Lancyre above, both in cost and taste. Standard table rose but won’t disappoint and will leave you with change from €10.

Chateau de Lancyre, Grande Cuvee, 2008, 13.5%

This white is slightly costlier than the others, setting us back €16 in Carrefour, but was absolutely worth it. Allow it to breath open in the frige about an hour before serving and you will get the full impact. Full of vanilla notes with citrus undertones, it is delicate but holds its own completely.

Chateau la Negly La Brise Marine, 2010, 13.5%

Costing €25 at the restaurant, Sensation, in Lattes where we drank it, but around €10 in shops, this wine was worth every centimes. In short, we loved it. A rich white, don’t serve with food that may overpower it as it deserves to be enjoyed to its full potential. At the restaurant, sat looking over the marina on a warm night, we drank it with a small selection of seafood and it was just perfect.

All photos are courtesy of Mel Constantinou of PixMel8.com

One Response

  1. Dol November 20, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    *jealous* I couldn’t make it to the Expo this year, as I’m no lengor sponsored by my old catering company. :-( I have fond memories of the expo, though. It was where I had my first taste of ice wine. Covey Run supplied an orgasmic Riesling ice wine a couple years back…

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