Le Villard Liquoreux, Chenin, Font Caude, 1997

  Domaine Font Caude

Le Villard Liquoreux, Chenin, Font Caude

Contains Sulphites.

About Domaine Font Caude

Although the Languedoc is now justifiably established as a region rich in well-made, characterful and value for money wines, they are rarely perceived as anything more. However, the last decade has seen the advent of some boutique wineries which produce minute quantities of first class wine. In 1991, Alain Chabanon, disenchanted after many years running a co-operative, set up his own Domaine just outside Montpeyroux. The vineyards, which are planted with Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Merlot, amount to 18 hectares of land – a paltry sum compared to the vast holdings of the average vinous Languedoc enterprise. The top Cuvée, the sublime L’Esprit de Font Caude, is an unfiltered wine made from the cream of the Estates’ vines that rarely exceed yields of 18 hl/ha, this often requires at least six years bottle age before consumption.

Appellation: S & SW France

Even after discounting the big names - Bordeaux, Burgundy etc - France is still full of excellent quality winemakers who are doing great things now and are simultaneously showing bags of potential. Areas like Côtes de Roussillon and the Languedoc have been producing highly-drinkable, thoroughly enjoyable wines for a very long time.

Grape Type: Chenin Blanc

Now widely planted across the world (notably in South Africa), Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety native to the Loire Valley where it produces a range of wine styles; sweet, dry and sparkling with complexity, depth and often longevity. In the middle Loire, Chenin Blanc is used for Anjou, Montlouis, Saumur, Savennieres, Vouvray, and Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume wines.