For those who prefer a bigger red with their barbecue, try this Cabernet Franc from Domaine de Naudy in the Aude valley. Succelent sweet red pepper on the nose with excellent blackcurrent leaf on the palate backed up by damson plum flavours. Clean, pure, refined fruit all round.
The Oc, or Pays dOc as youll see it on most labels, refers to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, known by the French as Le Midi. Geographically the Oc covers an incredibly broad swathe of vineyards from the Rhne delta in the middle of southern France, arcing all the way round to the Spanish border on her Mediterranean seaboard. Planted here are both traditional grape varieties such as Grenache Gris (which makes very fine ros) and Grenache Noir (try Pasquiers for a full-bodied flavoursome find); as well as the cpages amliorateurs (varieties introduced in the last twenty to thirty years) such as Syrah and Merlot for reds, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for whites. Eric Monnin, Boutinots winemaker responsible for the Languedoc, is constantly on the look-out for producers who have hidden gems, visiting domaines, seeking out new parcels as well as counselling winemakers before the harvest on e.g. softening harsh tannins in reds, or retaining acidity and expressing aromatics in whites. Then once the grapes have been picked, vinified and the wines barely finished, he tastes these brut de cuve wines intensively and repeatedly over the next six months in collaboration with Samantha Bailey and Kim Tidy to select and blend the styles we seek and decide on their maturation, optimum bottling month and release date to the market.
Excellent with BBQ's, lamb chops or beef stirfry. It also goes well with a good cheeseboard.