Les Vignes de L'Eglise

Southen France

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These 'house wines' from the South of France are very good indeed. They have more weight than one might expect at this price level and both include grapes normally reserved for the higher ranking wines, meaning they represent exceptional value for money.

They are made by Kiwi winemakers Matt Thompson and Graeme Paul at the excellent Cave de Pomérols co-operative, which has 1,650 hectares and 450 growers in the Picpoul de Pinet region...

Influenced by breezes off the Mediterranean coast, the area around Pomérols is cooler than much of the Languedoc, giving the wines a purity and elegance that are hard to find at entry-level. Graeme chooses each parcel of grapes individually, based on flavour and ripeness and follows each of the ferments carefully, ensuring the flavours he identifies in the grapes are captured in the finished wines.


2011 Grenache Merlot