S & SW France

Appellations

An appellation within Roussillon in which at least three varietals must be included in any bottle, and of which at least 20% must be either Syrah and/or Mourvedre.
The appellation within Roussillon which in theory designates the regions finest wines and can only be used for reds.
Jurancon lies in the south west of France and produces both dry (Jurancon Sec) and sweet (Jurancon) wines primarily from Petit Manseng, Gros Manseng and Petit Courbu. The sweet wines of Jurancon are produced from grapes left to dry partially on the vine, and can be particularly long lived.
A hugely productive region in the south east of France comprising the three central southern departments of Aude, Herault and Gard. All styles of wine are produced and owing to a more open minded approach to appellation regulation, much innovative wine making is practiced nowadays.
Home to Clos d'Yvigne, Saussignac lies within the Bergerac region of south-west France and is famed for it's sweet wines produced from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. At its best it can produce wines that offer a real alternative to Sauternes.
Mount Ventoux, the mountain that looms over the Southern Rhone and Provence, lends its name to a quite particular district located in-between these two famous wine regions. For many years, producers in the Ventoux/Cotes de Ventoux AOC passed their time in relative obscurity, selling much of their produce to co-operatives, who would blend together local expressions of Syrah, Grenache and Mouvedre to rather uninspiring effect. Now however, it seems that their time has finally come. First listed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1990, attentive producers began planting vines at higher and higher altitudes, flanking the base of the mountain. This had the dual effect of mitigating hot summer temperatures through cooler nights, with the concurrent realisation that global warming might not be altogether ideal for Southern France. The soils here are diverse, but a rich mineral content marks the best examples from the region. In fact, as wine lovers the world over move away from the alcoholic fruit blockbusters that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, and turn towards naturally low yielding, ‘couture’ wines with brighter, aromatic profiles and stone, garrigue spice and mineral inflections, it looks like the Ventoux region really is ripe for picking. We are thrilled to represent Chene Bleu, arguably the leading ‘Super-Rhone’, who hail from a protected mountainside saddle above the village of Crestet, and Chateau Unang, who are based just outside the pretty village of Malemort du Comtat. Chateau Unang is the newest addition to our portfolio and we are very excited to be working with them.