Villa Blanche Piquepoul Noir
Laurent Calmel and Jerome Joseph are two of the nicest guys you will ever meet on the French wine scene, and are doing some pretty amazing things on their beautiful organically-farmed property just a few kms from the ancient city of Carcassonne. Visiting this estate is like something straight of an episode of Rick Stein, with the Canal du Midi passing just minutes from the property – there is little more enjoyable than sitting in one of the beautiful canal-side restaurants over a very long lunch watching holidaymakers in their rented boats negotiating the locks! Rent out the farmhouse or one of the other small, beautifully appointed gites for a real taste of French rural life. But in the meantime, their wines are a wonderful catalogue of the very best the Languedoc-Roussillon region has to offer.
As far as we know this is the only Piquepoul Noir in Australia, and it is a wine you really have to try. it is a very rare varietal, native to the south of France, that was almost lost forever – only a tiny handful of vines remain and are carefully maintained by passionate producers. We find the wine itself reminiscent of Beaujolais (Gamay) – light in body, with red fruit flavours and hints of spice and white pepper, with an honest rusticity. Succulent and easy drinking, we recommend it being slightly chilled before serving.
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