Wine Tasting – Flight Vins de France, Sans Pesticides – 2014

Vins de France, Sans Pesticides

Friday May 23rd – 7.30pm

As we count down to our next tasting, we reveal the wines we’ll be using:

1) Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine Azan, 2012, 13 % vol.  Shop price £9.95 per bottle

A consistent favourite, over the past four vintages.  The Picpouls of the Pinet region in the Languedoc have given this grape variety a firm following.  It’s crisp, dry, rounded, pleasingly fruity and surprisingly rich.

2) ‘Pont de Caylus’, Terroirs Vivants, 2011, 11.5% vol.  Shop price £7.95

A clean and crisp wine, with lemon notes and zingy acidity, this blend of Ugni Blanc and Colombard shows you don’t have to pay a lot to get a bright and vivacious organic wine from Southern France.

3) Bourgogne Blance, Emmanuel Giboulot, 2007, 12% vol. Shop price £17.25

A new wine bought specially for the evening, out of solidarity with Msr. Giboulot, who is currently being prosecuted for refusing to obey a mandate, which ordered him to spray his biodynamic vines with a pesticide injurious to bees and other pollinating insects.  The wine itself, from the prestigious region of Burgundy, is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris, and is crisp and mouth filling.

4) ‘Dame de Cleve’, Terroirs Vivants, 2011, 13% vol.  Shop price £7.95

A bright, vivacious, easy-drinking Languedoc red.  Cherry aromas, blackcurrant flavours & an attractive violet hue.

5) Cotes du Rhone, Domaine Montmartel, 2011, 13.5% vol.  Shop price £9.65

We end our evening in France in the Rhone Valley, with this blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan.  Good body and concentration of flavour, and some spicy black pepper notes make this wine quality affordable drinking.

With breads and spreads included in the ticket price, the £10 ticket offers as good a value as the bottle prices of the wines.  We hope to show that organic is about improving access to clean and flavoursome wine, whilst behaving conscientiously towards our environment.