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Monthly Wine Club, Organic (3 bottles)

(£10.00 per 75cl)
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The ‘vineyard’ of the Coteaux Pont du Gard in France’s Languedoc region is named after the famous Unesco Heritage aqueduct built by the Romans in the first century. Not long after, the first vineyards were established in the area (merci, Romans!). The famous site marks the beginning of the vast winegrowing area that fans out to the coast and meets other regions such as the Languedoc, Provence and Rhône. Unsurprisingly, given its size, the Coteaux Pont du Gard is highly diverse, furnishing the region’s vineyards with a variety of terroirs. In spite of this, there are a few elements that remain constant throughout the territory.

The first being that the entirety of the district is undeniably warm. The long, hot summers are rather unforgiving to unsturdy grape varieties. Only grapes with grit will flourish here: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and a few thick-skinned white varietals such as Viognier and Chardonnay all do well throughout the roasting-hot growing season. The saviour of the area arrives through the second regional commonality: the presence of limestone. It’s easy to dismiss limestone as merely sedimentary rock, but the existence of this rock is also routinely proven to produce wines with elegance. It’s rather useful in hot regions which may otherwise turn wines to syrup! In this month’s wine club, we explore a series of wines from organic fanatics France Vintage, all crafted within this one rather larger-than-life vineyard
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Monday 18th February
Monday 25th February
Falerio 2017 (75cl)
The soft slopes leading up to the Sibillini National Park in the Apennine mountains of the Marche region are the location of the Mannocchi family vineyards. Here they grow Trebbiano Toscano, Passerina and Pecorino to produce their own Falerio (named after the Ancient Roman town Faleria and an official DOC zone since 1975). Brisk and piquant, the light lemon balm texture and slight cheesiness on the nose (think Chablis) are a testament to intelligent winemaking. The Mannocchi family maximise cool temperatures in the winery, to avoid oxidation and ensure the crisp acidity that’s classically associated with Falerio wines.
Fasoli Gino Tre Piume Rosso 2017 (75cl)
Hailing from Italy’s Veneto region in the North-East of the country, arrives this well-pitched trio of local Corvina, along with global citizen varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winegrowers at Fasoli Gino, which has been running for nearly 100 years, adopt a biodynamic approach in the vineyard. They equip the soil and vines with the material necessary to protect themselves against disease and produce the highest quality grapes possible. A lighter extraction is opted for here, resulting in a soft and feathery-light rosso, akin to the style from neighbouring Valpolicella or top-end Bardolino on the edge of nearby Lake Garda. Showing lifted summer fruits with a dusting of chalky texture, this is a wine that can be enjoyed a little chilled if the mood desires and can definitely hold its own without food.
Rosso Piceno 2017 (75cl)
Another high-altitude find from the Mannocchi estate, but this time from vineyards located on the hills of the Ascoli Piceno province, edging away from the Sibillini mountains and en route to the Adriatic. These vineyards can boast organic certification dating back to 1950, long before the organic trend wave begun in Europe. This is an archetypal blend of national staples Montepulciano and Sangiovese, best associated with neighbouring Tuscany, but never to be overlooked when forged here in the Marche. The grapes are fermented with their own natural yeasts before being transferred to French barrels to rest for a year before bottling. Dry and forthright, with a red fruit core and subtle cedar smoke sign-off.
Bee Famous Chardonnay (75cl)
This one is worth taking out of the fridge a few minutes early as you don’t want to miss the flavours and textures that are offered up here (I’d suggest 10-15 minutes before you pour yourself a glass). Notes of ripe cantaloupe melon and tamarind give way to a pleasingly waxy texture. If you want to keep that at bay, however, and prefer a more taut white, simply leave this wine in the fridge until the last minute.
Bee Famous Merlot (75cl)
Merlot is also no stranger to a little summer sun. Its thick skin means that it will ripen evenly throughout the growing season without many problems. This merlot’s a smooth customer, with a firm casing of tannin. The flavours of balsamic and fig compliment the tomato leaf aromatics that rise out of the glass beautifully.
Bee Famous Syrah(75cl)
Syrah is very much at home in the Coteaux Pont du Gard. Having originated from the Rhône just around the corner, this durable variety can handle the heat of the area. That’s particularly the case on this patch, which along with limestone contains clay, useful for storing water for drier months. On the nose, you’ll find a little creamy yoghurt, alongside aromas of baked blueberry pie. The palate, whilst soft and mellow, carries a subtle undercurrent of tannin, with more blueberries at play. There’s then a touch of licorice on the finish

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