Le Petit Pont Reserve Rouge
Grenache, Cinsault, Merlot
Vin de Pays d'Oc IGP, Languedoc, France
An intriguing combination of grape varieties that breaks loads of rules, but no harm done here! Very juicy with plum and red fruit flavours. Soft tannins.
Spontaneous fermentation and extended maceration on skins give an excellent depth of flavour to this easy-drinking wine. Good vineyard practices maximise ripeness and allow the herbaceous scents of the garrigue to come through in the wine.
- Grenache, Cinsault, Merlot
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Standing over 6 foot tall and with perfect English, Jerome and Bruno Vic are one of our outstanding finds in the South of France. Jerome’s family have been making wine for 5 generations on their estate. They have managed to successfully marry tradition with developments in modern technology.
The estate is located close to Beziers, less than 15km from the Mediterranean. Positioned on the flat, with a mixture of red iron and sandy lime rich soil, the location is perfect for ripe fruit. All this is aided by the combination of the heat of south France and the cool prevaling winds from the sea. The breezes also bring with them the typical aromas of the garrigue - lavender, thyme and rosemary - which form part of the essence of these wines.
What makes Domaine Preignes le Vieux stand out is the persistent evolution; with 16 varieties grown on the Domaine they are constantly blending new and wonderful wines. Since 2006, the estate is certified 'Qualenvi', an initiative started by the federation of independent vignerons. It ensures traceability, protection of the environment and, in this case, delicious wine!
"Very accomplished and savoury blend of locals Grenache and Cinsault with Bordeaux's Merlot. Herbal highlights from the local wild lavender, rosemary and thyme. Serve with a tomato and garlic stew of white beans and smoked bacon."
Domaine Preignes le Vieux
The wine estate is situated at the north-west of Vias, separated from the sea by an old volcano, Roque Haute. Pierre Paul Riquet, who built the Canal du Midi, used the volcanic stone to built the structures along the Canal from Villeneuve les Béziers to Agde. The rest is clay and gravel. The Preigness gravel terraces correspond to the old alluvium of the Libron, brook which crossed the wine estate