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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